[tex-live] teTeX: no next release

Dr. Werner Fink werner at suse.de
Tue May 30 11:31:53 CEST 2006

On Mon, May 29, 2006 at 04:42:25PM +0200, Zdenek Wagner wrote:
> On Mon, 29 May 2006, [iso-8859-1] Frank Küster wrote:
> > It's not clear to me what you want to achieve with that tetexrpm
> > project.  If teTeX were still actively developed, I understand it might
> > make sense to keep packages for rpm-based distributions as compatible as
> > possible, and maintain them at a central place.  But now that it's been
> > abandoned, I don't see the benefit of this.
> >
> > Either someone steps up and takes the task of maintaining teTeX; but
> > then the rpm creation is the smaller part.  The real work would be to
> > keep the texmf tree up-to-date, and to take care for the source tree.
> > This shouldn't be done with rpm packages as the main target (nor deb's,
> > for that matter), but with a standard "./configure; make; make install"
> > as it is currently.
> >
> > Furthermore, I think the best thing we got from Thomas is the
> > infrastructure, which has been merged into TeXlive and is still
> > maintained by him there.  Work on selecting and updating CTAN packages,
> > and in creating useful collections, is probably better done within
> > TeXlive, or by making the MikTeX installer work with a preinstalled TeX
> > system.
> >
> I agree. Having rpm's is good just for a group of Redhat based systems. It
> seems to me that having such a distribution as an alternative to TeXLive
> is just a waste of human resources. I think that it would be better to
> communicate with maintainers of Linux distributions and add TL to Linux
> installation DVD instead of teTeX.

Hmmm ... I'm the maintainer of teTeX here at SuSE (we're not Redhat based).
Two major problems I see with TeXLive, first it is a HUGE one, therefore
I've to drop some stuff to get it fit to the size of teTeX .... next is:
is there a clear policy and check(!) about license stuff within the
TeXLive tree.


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