[OS X TeX] MacTeX-2008 Status

Alain Schremmer schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Wed Sep 3 22:59:30 CEST 2008


On Sep 3, 2008, at 4:50 PM, David Watson wrote:

> On Sep 3, 2008, at 3:21 PM, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:
>
>>
>> On Wednesday, September 03, 2008, at 01:11PM, "Joseph C. Slater  
>> PE, PhD" <joseph.slater at wright.edu> wrote:
>>>
>>> So, while everybody was using bittorrent... did anyone pause to  
>>> think
>>> that, yet, the psu server is public, and you can get mactex there
>>> directly?
>>>
>>> ftp://carroll.aset.psu.edu/pub/CTAN/systems/mac/mactex/
>>
>> Yes, and I found it on the Wisconsin mirror also:
>>
>> http://gentoo.chem.wisc.edu/tex-archive/systems/mac/mactex
>>
>> Using p2p software is a major violation of security policies at  
>> work, so bittorrent wasn't an option.
>
> Just to clarify some misconceptions about p2p and security that  
> some seem to have.
> The use of p2p software to distribute any type of digital  
> information is not inherently insecure.

> [ …]


> I understand your predicament, and I would not violate any set policy.
> I would, however, take a moment to educate the policy makers that,  
> in certain cases, distribution through p2p is a necessary evil and  
> the only real remedy is education and an honor policy.

As they say in the building trades, "construction work is inherently  
dangerous". So,  … ?

Regards
--schremmer
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