[OS X TeX] MacTeX 2011
Alan T Litchfield
alan at alphabyte.co.nz
Wed Jun 1 07:01:39 CEST 2011
I know it is important to move things on. Once upon a time things were
compiled to run on ancient machines but I understand the rationale.
There's only so much space/time/volunteer help/etc.
Not complaining, please don't think that I am. It was the first I had
heard of it.
I have kind of got used to using the update managers :)
But prior to using TeXLive I used to manually update things. Of course
the number of packages has grown enormously since then. That was
before XeTeX, lua, etc. too. I find I am understanding less and less
as time goes on :}
On 1/06/2011, at 4:32 PM, Richard Koch wrote:
> Just three days ago, just before making the first beta of MacTeX-2011,
> we made a "final MacTeX-2010", which will be put on the web when
> TeX Live 2011 becomes final. This installer has
> a) The latest Ghostscript, 9.02, for system 10.3 and above
> b) The latest versions of all GUI programs as of the build date,
> when appropriate. For instance, MacTeX-2010 contains three different
> versions of BibDesk, two obsolete versions for older systems and then
> the latest version for Leopard and above. We upgraded that Leopard
> versions to the latest stuff.
> c) Finally, and most important, the TeX Live we install is TeX Live
> with all TeX Live Utility updates through the moment that the server
> was turned off to prepare for TeX Live 2011.
> So while you cannot install MacTeX 2011, you can install an archive
> copy of
> everything updated until the last possible moment.
> It is also possible, of course, to download the sources and build
> TeX Live 2011
> yourself on Tiger.
> What doesn't make sense (in my opinion) is to keep releasing code
> on ancient systems, when almost all users will use that code on more
> systems. It doesn't make sense to bloat MacTeX with ancient versions
> TeXShop, BibDesk, and LaTeXiT for users with old systems who cannot
> the latest versions. It doesn't make sense to have a Ghostscript
> package with
> 10 different versions of the code:
> 10.3 PowerPC
> 10l4 Intel
> 10.5 PowerPC
> 10.5 Intel
> 10.6 Intel 64 Bits
> times two because each version is needed with X11 code and separately
> without X11 code.
> Dick Koch
> On May 31, 2011, at 9:07 PM, Alan T Litchfield wrote:
>> On 1/06/2011, at 1:14 AM, Juergen Fenn wrote:
>>> on the TeX Live pretest page we read that the vintage versions of
>>> Mac OS
>>> X Panther and Tiger will no longer be supported in MacTeX 2011.
>> That's a shame. I keep an eMac running Tiger so I can run
>> apparently outmoded Classic apps.
>> Hmmm. Vintage. Wonder what that makes me then...
>> Alan T Litchfield
>> PO Box 1941, Auckland, 1140
>> New Zealand
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