[Mailman-Developers] GNU GIF problems - was [ANNOUNCE] Mailman 1.0rc1
Benjamin B. Thomas
Benjamin B. Thomas" <email@example.com
Wed, 5 May 1999 16:33:38 -0500
> ...this will be the final 1.0 release.
> The next step is to create the GNU web pages.
> Mailman will now display Dragon's small logo on (most) generated
> You need to read the instructions in the INSTALL file for putting
> mailman.gif in a place...
Hi there! Since Mailman is a GNU project, won't there be problems if it makes
heavy use of GIFs? I personally do not care if GIFs are used or not, but I
suspect that Stallman will be quite displeased if Mailman itself or the Mailman
pages at the GNU site use GIFs. I just wanted to point this out before too much
work was invested.
> There are no GIFs on the GNU web site because of the patents (Unisys and IBM)
> covering the LZW compression algorithm which is used in making GIF files.
> These patents make it impossible to have free software to generate proper
> GIFs. They also apply to the compress program, which is why GNU does not use
> it or its format.
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