TeX Live marketing (Was: task list...)
Mon, 24 Apr 2000 17:04:37 +0100 (BST)
Arthur Ogawa writes:
> My position is to tell such people that they are welcome to purchase the
> product. It costs $65 and consists of TeX Live, the CTAN CD set, and
> four issues of TUGboat along with, incidently, a TUG membership for
> 2000. This is to say that TUG has one product,
> regardless of how it is packaged.
And what will TUG do when eg Walnut Creek offer to sell TeX Live 5 for
$2, as is?
> Most often when people want to buy the CD alone, they are not aware of
> what TUG is or what it is doing, and they do not realize that TeX Live
> is being manufactured by TUG specifically as a benefit to the various
> TeX user groups and their members. Once they learn this, they are
> usually quite happy to pay the $65.
With this I agree. I think the "cheap TL CD" option is really for
people who *do* know what they are doing, and what they want. eg
people who want to give it to students en masse, etc
> (You can't find a product to compete
> with this: the four CDs cost you $65, total!)
of course, the CTAN CDs are almost complete useless unless you are
already considerably knowledgeable about TeX and CTAN :-}