[texhax] needed info

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Thu Sep 19 16:38:25 CEST 2013

On Sep 18, 2013, at 6:23 PM, Aaron Corbet wrote:

>     1) I am not an IT specialist. I am a physicist who is poor enough that I have to do all my own software composition. So, when you talk to me, you have to speak slowly and enunciate clearly. I have no CS background at all. I steer by the seat of my pants.

There has been a great deal of effort put into making things accessible to a new user, and there's a lot of documentation which addresses pretty much all of the typical difficulties. If not, then there are various mailing lists to provide support.


>    3) For that, and other asocial reasons, any kind of "shareware" is categorically out. I need to buy a stand-alone self-contained package from you. Which I guess you will have to mail to me by USPS. Or perhaps armed guard. I don't care which.

A typical membership includes a DVD which includes all the software --- it includes some shareware and commercial demos, but those are _optional_ items which you may ignore.

There is a big emphasis on opensource software at TUG --- in particular, I believe that you'll find:


very comfortable --- at least some of the development is funded by TUG, so by joining you would be supporting its development (unless the funding situation has changed --- haven't read my last couple of financial statements).

>    4) I am really looking forward to finally obtaining this; for this reason I am willing to pay you, from my bankcard, any reasonable amount. You know, that means under millions of dollars or something.

While we welcome your joining, you could just download a TeX distribution which is suited to your system and needs.

>    5) So what do I do next?

If you wish, join up at:


In particular, there are electronic versions of paper forms:


which you can print, add payment to and then send in via physical mail. I'd suggest checking the option for and purchasing last year's TeX Collection DVD for an additional $10 so as to ensure you get a DVD immediately.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.

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