TeX Live 5c available for ordering

TUG Office office@tug.org
Thu, 22 Jun 2000 14:07:02 -0700

Dear Mr. Gaulle,

Copied below is a letter sent to LUG groups about the TeX Live 5c CD.
I am relatively new to the TeX Users Group and have been given the
responsibility to ascertain orders for TeX Live 5c.  While this letter has
been sent to LUG groups included on the website I am learning that in some
instances the posted email address may not be the correct one for ordering
purposes.  I apologize if this is the case with GUTenberg as indeed I did
send this letter previously to the address listed on the TUG website.  Please
accept my apologies if you have not received this notice previously.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Ms. Robin Laakso
TUG Office Manager

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 all of TeX Live is compliant with the "Debian Free Software
Guidelines" (http://www.debian.org/intro/free), to the best of our
knowledge. License information is on the CD-ROM in the file LICENSE.TL5.
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

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 towards subsidizing the cost of TeX Live for other
user groups in countries with weaker 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 and most importantly, your response is requested: please respond
to tex-live@tug.org 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

Thanks, and happy TeX'ing,