[texhax] January 2007 TUG news: journals, software, conferences, elections
karl at freefriends.org
Mon Jan 8 18:00:14 CET 2007
Dear TeX users,
Some TeX and TUG news looking back on 2006 and forward to 2007.
TUGboat 27:2, the TUG 2006 proceedings, is in the holiday mail and
should be delivered soon, if not already. It is also available online
to members at https://www.tug.org/members/TUGboat/tb27-2. This marks
the completion of the 2006 publications, all mailed during 2006. We
are happy to be on schedule, and plan to stay that way -- the first
issue for 2007 is already in the pipeline.
Issue 2006-4 of The PracTeX Journal was also published recently,
with an introduction to MetaPost, a review of notable LaTeX resources,
an article on creating your own document class, and much more.
We expect the next software release, tentatively named TeX Collection
2006-07, to include new versions of MacTeX for MacOSX and proTeXt for
Windows, as well as the cross-platform TeX Live and a snapshot of the
TeX Live is currently in the final stages of building and testing on
the plethora of supported platforms. At this time, we expect the
overall TeX Collection to be available in February 2007. It will be
shipped on DVD and CD to all 2006 members. New members for 2007 will
receive the DVD and can optionally choose to receive CD's.
The TeX Collection is a massive effort, done entirely by volunteers.
We are profoundly grateful to the hundreds of people involved, from
all parts of the TeX world: the contributors uploading new packages to
CTAN, the CTAN maintainers for providing a central repository to draw
from, the people building the binaries on a wide variety of platforms,
those doing testing and verification of the test versions (available
now), the developers maintaining and enhancing the software upon which
it all rests, and the user group members keeping the infrastructure
provided by TUG and all the TeX user groups viable by their support.
Thank you all.
The first international ConTeXt conference will take
place in Epen, The Netherlands, on March 24-25, 2007.
EuroBachoTeX 2007 will be held in Bachotek, Poland,
April 28 to May 2, 2007.
TUG 2007 will be held in San Diego, California, July 17-20, 2007.
The theme of TUG'07 is "Practicing TeX", and we want to encourage
practical presentations of the sort given at the Practical TeX
conferences the last few years. (There will be no separate PracTeX
conference in the USA in 2007.)
- TUG election: as mentioned previously, 2007 is an election year for TUG.
The positions of TUG President and several members of the TUG Board of
Directors will be open as of the TUG 2007 Annual Meeting. The
election to choose the new president and board members will be held in
the spring of 2007. Nominations for these openings are now invited;
the deadline to receive nominations is 1 February 2007.
Please see http://tug.org/election/ for information and forms.
- Organizationally, we are happy to report that TUG finished 2006 in
stable financial condition -- membership from the previous year has
held steady. Membership fees will remain the same for 2007, and the
TUG board has approved a budget for 2007 allocating additional funds
to TeX projects. If you haven't already, we sincerely hope you will
consider joining or renewing your membership in TUG or any other TeX
user group. If you have renewed, we are very appreciative. Your
support strengthens the TeX community and keeps the user groups
viable. The 2007 TUG renewal forms are available at
Best wishes for 2007,
Karl Berry (President) on behalf of the TUG Board
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