[OS X TeX] 64-bit binaries in TeXLive 2010

Alain Schremmer schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Sat Dec 5 03:52:57 CET 2009

On Dec 3, 2009, at 3:42 PM, Claus Gerhardt wrote:

> Since the speed improvement of the 64-bit binaries is clearly  
> noticeable, e.g., using Flashmode, let me suggest to include OS X  
> 64-bit binaries in TL 2010 as a standard option known by install-tl  
> as well as by texlive manager.
> To relieve the burden of compiling additional binaries from Richard  
> Koch let me also suggest, at least tentatively, that the TeXLive  
> support  for ppc should be frozen to TL 2009. The PowerPCs which  
> are still in use are clearly outdated by any measure and there is  
> no point to develop software for machines and OS that are a few  
> generations behind, especially since TL 2009 should be more than  
> sufficient for texing.
> This is a realistic view and those who are still using a PPC let me  
> advice, if you ever had tried a new IntelMac you wouldn't want to  
> switch back to your PPC.

You are absolutely correct. And I wouldn't want to go back to the Mac  
256 either.

And I don't see why there is even support for the PPC in TL 2009---at  
least as long as TL 2008 is still available somewhere.  (As for  
myself, I plan on remaining with GWTeX for a while longer as I rarely  
compile the whole book and only the chapter I am working on.)


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