A Request from TUG: Sharing Your Corners of the Field [ pdfTeX
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Wed Apr 16 13:07:43 CEST 2003
>Wednesday, April 16, 2003
>Dear pdfTeX Users
>The 24th Annual Meeting and Conference of the TeX Users Group,
>TUG 2003: the Silver Anniversary -- 25 Years! -- of TeX
>will be held on July 20-24, 2003 on the Big Island, Hawaii, USA.
>We invite you to come to the conference and share your TeX experiences
>with us. If USA Customs/Immirgration permits it, Han The Thanh will be
>there. Take this opportunity to come and meet him and many other
>dedicated TeX enthusiasts and developers who provide TeX programs and
>macro packages for you.
>Apple Computers Inc. is co-sponsoring TUG 2003 with the loan of
>several iBooks with wireless cards and a base station. This will allow
>participants to have a hands-on experience installing TeXshop and
>teTeX, and to try out the Mac OS X operating system running TeX and
>The letter attached is a grass rooots appeal to help support
>the participation of volunteer speakers and developers, who share their
>work freely with the TeX community.
>Tex has been around for 25 years. Your help and presence will give it
>TUG 2003 Organizing Committee
>tug2003 at tug.org
>DATE: Friday, April 11, 2003
>TO: All TeX Users Worldwide ---
> Academics, Publishers, Prepress, Commercial Vendors,
> Open Source Supporters, Members of Mailing Lists,
> Local User Groups
>RE: Grass Roots Appeal to help sponsor the TUG 2003
> speakers and developers and further TeX
> A Request from TUG: Sharing Your Corners of the Field
>Dear Friends of TeX,
>If you believe in squeezing every last bit of value from your resources,
>then you might be interested in TeX and its future development.
>AHEAD OF ITS TIME
>You may already know about TeX and some of its offspring, such as LaTeX,
>pdfTeX, ConTeXt, and even Lollipop. TeX and its descendants are totally
>free typesetting software packages for mathematical, scientific,
>technical and general publishing, plus, increasingly, for everyday
>office work. They are to typesetting and publishing what space research
>is to industry in general. TeX and its derivatives are usually well in
>front of the leading edge when it comes to high quality typesetting and
>AN ALTERNATIVE TO WORD PROCESSING AND DESKTOP PUBLISHING
>TeX is a text processing tool for all modern operating systems. The
>basic user interface is any text editor plus several command-line
>typesetting programs. Free extended applications --- such as LyX and
>TeXmacs --- provide realtime formatting, similar to commercial word
>processors, but on multiple platforms. The learning curve for TeX is
>similar to that of the most widely-used word processors. TeX documents
>can be simple or intricate. Once understood, TeX is much more efficient
>than word processors, because TeX does consistent formatting for every
>letter, article, report or manual. And the results are good to your
>Increasingly, TeX and its children are attracting enterprises,
>organizations and individuals who are dissatisfied with the high cost,
>excessive overhead, invasive licensing, weak security and questionable
>quality of commercial word processors and desktop publishing
>programs. Thousands of newcomers are learning and using TeX or its
>offshoots for letters, fliers, posters, reports and books, plus more.
>SOLID, SUPPLE AND PORTABLE DESIGN
>TeX has been stable software since the early 1980's. It runs on Unix,
>Windows and Macintosh systems. Documents you create on one operating
>system easily transfer and produce the same beautiful output on any
>other operating system with TeX installed. And, the results are better
>than most commercial typesetting software. Also, because of its
>adaptable design, TeX integrates smoothly with other text management and
>publishing technologies. For example, TeX works well as a typesetting
>backend for XML and as a content development frontend for HTML.
>TOTALLY FREE, NOT ONE STRING ATTACHED
>TeX is free. It costs enterprises and users nothing other than
>installation and training time. Also, unlike promotional freeware and
>trial software, TeX comes in only one level of quality --- high, very
>high. TeX is arguably the best typesetting software available. To
>illustrate this, several software developers now incorporate TeX
>technology into their commercial publishing systems, some costing
>$700-a-seat and more.
>ANNUAL TUG MEETING AND CONFERENCE
>TeX is regularly being improved through the work of volunteers from
>various parts of the world. Once a year, a sundry group of TeX
>developers and users gather for face-to-face discussions. This
>conference is coordinated by the TeX Users Group (TUG), a
>U.S. not-for-profit organization with members in 61
>countries. Conference attendees evaluate the state of the tools and
>their applications. Typical topics include work flows, interfaces,
>fonts, printing, new technologies, howto's and case studies, among
>others. TeX aficionados attend from around the world.
>This year the annual meeting is July 20-24 in the Pacific islands of
>Hawaii. All are welcome; more information and registration at
>SHARING THE CORNERS OF YOUR FIELDS
>The TeX conference for 2003 is celebrating 25 years of TeX. This is a
>good time to make your enterprise known to the TeX community by
>sponsoring the conference. But TeX is free. Right?
>Correct! And we are committed to keeping it free.
>All of us are volunteers and receive no financial compensation from our
>work with TUG. However, like many other organizations, we need funds to
>help support our collaborative development. We are not looking for $700
>per seat. Instead, we are asking for a small part of your tax-deductible
>giving. (See http://www.tug.org/tax-exempt/ for information about our
>tax exempt status.)
>We like to think of this as sharing the ``corners of your fields''. In
>some ancient cultures, the landowners harvested the center part of their
>crops, leaving the corners for others to take according to their needs.
>That is our need. Nothing more.
>For you, it's a opportunity to add to the value of your typesetting
>resources and to give something back to the TeX community.
>All support helps. If you would like to donate $1 or a $1,000, please
>contact us through our:
>secure web site: https://www.tug.org/tug2003/donate/
>e-mail: office at tug.org
>TeX Users Group
>1466 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 3141
>Portland, OR 97209-2820, USA
>For donations of $50 and more you can receive a copy of the TeX Live
>CD. This CD includes TeX installers for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and
>several UNIX derivatives. Assorted other TeX gifts are also available.
>Also, please print and post or distribute the "sharing" poster:
>Please encourage others to support TUG.
>Your support for the conference at any level makes a big difference to
>the future of TeX. We need your help.
>Hope to See You in Hawaii
>We would also like to see you at the TUG conference. Please register at
>our web site: https://www.tug.org/tug2003/registration.html
>TUG 2003 Organizing Committee
>tug2003 at tug.org
>Donations may also be made in the following currencies:
>Euro (EUR), Indian Rupee (INR)
>Europe: Volker Schaa, president at dante.de, DANTE
>India: CV Radhakrishnan, cvr at tug.org, India TeX Users Group
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