[texhax] Tex Maintainers

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Mon Apr 23 03:15:18 CEST 2007

>>>>> "John" == John R Culleton <john at wexfordpress.com> writes:

  > On Sunday 22 April 2007 18:02, RDS wrote:
  >> Thomas Esser has apparently quit maintaining TeTex. So who has or
  >> will be assuming the role? I'm trying to decide if I should make
  >> the transition for my Linux system, but, I have my concerns. Tex
  >> could go the route of troff+eqn+pic+tbl, the old AT&T Bell Labs
  >> typesetter from the 1970s.
  >> Thanks for the info.
  >> Richard David Sherman __
  > It appears that TeXLIve is alive and well and has recently been
  > updated. And the TeX community, including such luminaries as Han
  > The Than, Taco Hoekwater, Hans Hagen etc. continue to develop
  > their respective bits and pieces. It appears to me that the torch
  > has been passed and TeXLive is now the canonical distribution.

This is correct, but let me add two things:

 1.  Before Thomas discontinued work on teTeX he made sure that
     everything he did went into the Web2c distribution from which
     teTeX and TeXLive are derived.  This means that teTeX is
     completely in TeXLive.

 2.  Some people think that TeXLive is too large.  But actually it is
     modular.  Werner Fink (from SuSE) recently created a module
     called "collection-tetex".  If you install this, you'll get a
     teTeX-like system.  On the other hand, if disk space is no
     problem, installing TeXLive completely has some advantages too.


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