[tex-live] texlive 2005

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Tue Mar 15 09:29:36 CET 2005

Karl Berry wrote:
>     As I see, the main problem is to have new binaries for Windows 
> Agreed.
>     (from so unix oriented web2c sources).
> Fabrice uploaded his sources last year and they are in the repository
> and distribution.  That can be a starting point.  There is no need to
> start from the "Unix oriented" sources.  It's not like starting from
> scratch!

afaik fabrice still maintains his sources if only because he needs them for 
xemtex; so i wonder what 'starting point' means here since they are still ok;

the only thing fabrice dropped doing for tex live was the installer

>     The installer can be made by some new people (Pawel Jackowski, Bob 
>     Margolis, perhaps Klaus Hoeppner).
> Ah, I'm glad to hear that!  
>     Anyway, after my investigation, people still wait and need TL (web2c
>     compatible) also for Windows.
> There is no question that it is desirable.  No one is arguing that
> point (although many people seem to think so).

texlive is both

- the reference texmf tree
- a reference binary distribution

i can imagine multiple binary variants to operate on the same tree (currently 
miktex ships his own); i'm also curious what will happen with the miktex-unix 
variant if that one surfaces; in that case we have multiple binary variants for 
most platforms (all capable of operating with the reference tree)


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