Ghostscript FAQ


Last-modified: 2007-03-25

The latest version of this FAQ should be available from the Ghostscript WWW page http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/

Table of Contents

What is Ghostscript?
What is the current version of Ghostscript?
What is the difference between AFPL Ghostscript and GPL Ghostscript?
Where can I get Ghostscript?
Where can I find a list of post-release problems?
Which USENET newsgroups are relevant to Ghostscript?
How do I display a particular page?


What is Ghostscript?

Ghostscript is the name of a set of software that provides:

For further information read the Ghostscript documentation


What is the current version of Ghostscript?

There are three versions of Ghostscript currently available.

The current AFPL Ghostscript version is 8.54.

The current GPL Ghostscript version is 8.56.

Artifex Ghostscript is an OEM version licensed commercially from Artifex Software.


What is the difference between AFPL Ghostscript and GPL Ghostscript?

AFPL Ghostscript is distributed with a license called the Aladdin Ghostscript Free Public License that allows free use, copying, and distribution by end users, but does not allow commercial distribution. AFPL Ghostscript was previously known as Aladdin Ghostscript.

GPL Ghostscript is distributed with the GNU General Public License, which allows free use, and free copying and redistribution under certain conditions (including, in some cases, commercial distribution). GPL Ghostscript versions are usually released shortly after the next AFPL Ghostscript version.


Where can I get Ghostscript?

See the Ghostscript web page http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/ or go direct to one of these locations:

You can get GPL Ghostscript from mirror.cs.wisc.edu from the directory pub/mirrors/ghost/GPL. The URL is ftp://mirror.cs.wisc.edu/pub/mirrors/ghost/GPL/

You can get AFPL Ghostscript from ftp://mirror.cs.wisc.edu/pub/mirrors/ghost/AFPL/ or from any CTAN mirror in /support/ghostscript/AFPL/


Where can I find a list of post-release problems?

For a list of problems and fixes, see the ghostscript site http://www.ghostscript.com/


Which USENET newsgroups are relevant to Ghostscript?

Discussion about Ghostscript and GSview can be found in the USENET newsgroup comp.lang.postscript


How do I display a particular page?

You need a previewer based on Ghostscript. This might be ggv (gnome), kghostview (KDE), or GSview (MS-Windows)


Trademarks

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Corrections to this FAQ should be mailed to Russell Lang, gsview at ghostgum dot com dot au