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TUG Office
Thu, 01 Jun 2000 11:26:49 -0700

Here's a look at the final(?) copy.  Any comments?
I'd like to send it Friday 6/2 morning (or this afternoon if someone says "Go")

From: (TeX Live 5c)

Subject: TeX Live 5c available for ordering

TeX Live 5c is almost ready! It has a runnable system for major Unix
variants (SGI, Sun, IBM, Compaq, HP), Linux, FreeBSD, and Windows 32
(Windows NT, 95, 98, 2000) systems. It also has an archive of emTeX
(for Windows 3.1 or OS/2 users), but no Macintosh version (due to
licensing restrictions). GNU Ghostscript 5.50 and Gnu Emacs are
included, along with many other useful utilities.

The TeX Users Group has arranged with Sebastian Rahtz, the editor of the
TeX Live CD-ROM, to act as the distributor of TeX Live 5c, the 2000
release of TeX Live. In doing so, TUG aims to support Sebastian's
heroic efforts in creating this CD and to provide it at nominal cost to
TeX users worldwide.

Great care has been taken to ensure that the TeX Live 5c CD contains only
software without restrictions on usage or redistribution.  Specifically we have
followed the "Debian Free Software Guidelines" 
and have included license information on the CD-ROM in a file labeled 
TeX Live 5c contains full sources for all programs and packages for those who
wish to see how it was put together or experiment with modifications.

The manufacturing date of TL5c will be June/July 2000.  We expect to mail
the CD to you shortly thereafter.  We expect to be able to offer TeX Live
to your user group at a cost of US $1.00 per copy, plus the cost of shipping.
This is slightly more than cost of reproduction; that extra cost will go 
subsidizing the cost of TeX Live for other user groups in countries with 
economies; TUG itself will not benefit. If this cost presents a burden
for your group, please contact us to acquire the CD at cost.

We cannot determine exact shipping costs until we know the quantity each
group or individual orders. Our research indicates that DHL is very
competitive and specializes in international shipping. On request, the 
office will
provide you with the appropriate bill number so you can track the shipment 
on the
appropriate website.

Finally, your response is requested: please respond to
as soon as possible with your desired quantity, even if that quantity is
zero. Please also inform us if your country requires any special
customs arrangements, if you have a preferred courier service, or other
such shipping arrangements.

TUG may be able to fulfill repeat orders if you run out, but please
don't count on this: order as many as you think you will need for the
entire year. Unfortunately we can't afford to hold a large stock in reserve.

Thanks, and happy TeX'ing,