"beamer and TeX on Macs" Re: mactex.tar.gz (complete ... Re: [OS X TeX] final tex live 2007

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Mon Mar 12 17:22:59 CET 2007

Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Le 12 mars 07 à 14:05, Roussanka Loukanova a écrit :
>> On Mon, 12 Mar 2007, Bruno Voisin wrote:
>>> so that, if you need a bleeding-edge version of some package, then  
>>> you'd better turn to gwTeX.
>> I assume you use the term "bleeding-edge" with the interpretation  
>> that I am picking up: ahead in the most positive way :)
> Not quite: I still dream of a fully tested and consistent TeX setup  
> that is then stabilized for one or two years, say, without changing  
> at all during that period. It would allow people (or at least me) to  
> devote some time learning how to use it most fully and efficiently,  
> and then be able to relax and just use it, like the tool it is  
> supposed to be (meaning something that allows work to get done and  
> never gets in your way).
> Alas, in the connected world we live in, things are changing  
> constantly and you have to devote (far too IMO) much time adjusting  
> to that change; should you decide to freeze your setup and ignore the  
> change, then people with whom you collaborate or simply interact will  
> invariably at some point remind you of the change, and request your  
> adaptation to it. Meaning, in practice, that for TeX  things are  
> changing constantly, with new packages being introduced or  
> incompatible changes being introduced in existing packages, and  
> people (or at least me) end up spending more time configuring and  
> learning to use this ever changing TeX than simply using it for their  
> work.
> I know, I have this rant coming up periodically at times, but that's  
> my never-ending frustration with TeX.

Here too! But then I think of all the time I wasted with MS Word (stuff 
just disappearing, etc) Moreover, if unfortunately, in the world of 
mathematics teaching, nobody "collaborate[s] or simply interact[s}" so 
that I did freeze my installation.

Best regards

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