[tex-live] status report on TL? (LaTeX release)
Sherlock at rna.nl
Sat Jul 26 19:12:21 CEST 2003
On Saturday, Jul 26, 2003, at 15:13 Europe/Amsterdam, Karl Berry wrote:
> 1. Image = CD = published version, major number (i.e. TL7 TL8). The
> Agreed, except we're calling it TL2003 now, not TL8.
Which is more restricted but I do not care.
> 2. source tree. Updated once a while when fixes and improvements
> It seems to me the source should always match what is being
> distributed. In fact, it pretty much has to.
I strongly disagree. Stable situations during TeX development and
maintenance occur far more often than a CD release. For me this has
been essential in providing a 'living but stable' TeX to the Mac OS X
community. If I would have to draw these regular but important updates
(e.g. a new stable version of pdfTeX appears) from the
source.development tree I would have to cope with a lot of
Over the last years, source has been updated once in Aa while from
source.development when source.development was in a stable state (the
end of a change-test cycle)
The image could be seen as a frozen state of the source tree.
> It is probably not a good idea to have a second image.
> I guess you mean a second development image, as I was half-heartedly
> mentioning as a possibility. I don't really like the idea of making a
> new release that is only for the web, I was just responding to Thomas.
Why not? The fact is that the web offers a smaller range (not the
entire Master tree) but it can keep people up to date with important
changes when they have stabilized. What is against using the web as a
companion of the CD? Why restrict?
> I think the current situation, where we have last year's release
> (obviously frozen) and current development, is fine. IMHO,
> source.development simply causes confusion and should be excised. But
> it's not up to me.
If the we would only have a source tree, my whole 'service' would break
down. I will not distribute as my main redistribution anything based on
a development tree.
> Meanwhile, let's concentrate on getting this year's release done :).
Of course. But this issue is of vital importance to my work. Without a
regular update of source from source.development my work becomes rather
"To be or not to be, that is the question" -- Parmenides
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