[XeTeX] XeTeX 0.8 available -- now with OpenType support :-)

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Tue Jun 1 23:16:51 CEST 2004

Le 1 juin 04, à 22:26, Jonathan Kew a écrit :

> Informal poll: How many folks out there have been running XeTeX on 
> Jaguar? Is a Panther requirement a major hurdle to people? Comments 
> invited.

I have two Macs: a PowerBook on Panther, on which XeTeX is installed, 
and a PowerMac on Jaguar, which I don't use very often right now and on 
which I think XeTeX isn't installed. I haven't upgraded the PowerMac to 
Panther due largely to the surprising "amount" of bugs, and generally 
"unpolished" and "unfinished" state, I experienced with the first 
versions of Panther, compared with Jaguar. Plus, I like to have a look 
at the textured look of Jaguar from time to time, to get a break from 
brushed Panther.

That said, I have grown accustomed to many of the convenient features 
of Panther, and I am considering upgrading the PowerMac to Panther as 
well. I recently helped a colleague to move from a G4 in OS 8.6 (sic!) 
to a G5 in OS X 10.2.8, it was surprising to realize how many of the 
features I am now using routinely in Panther weren't available in 
Jaguar. It will depend largely to how Tiger looks like, in a month's 
time (hoping very hard the WWDC keynote will be QuickTime 
broadcasted!). It's possible I just jump an upgrade and move to Tiger 

So, to answer your question, I think it would be nice to preserve 
Jaguar compatibility, if that does not mean too much technical hassle. 
There may still be people around, like me, who have been reluctant to 
install Panther on all their Macs. But, again, that may depend on what 
significant advances Tiger will bring over Panther, making or not 
Panther on the trail to obsolete.

Bruno Voisin

Disclaimer: I'm one of those nerds who like to visit 
<http://webcamscout.net/webse-e-flash.htm> from time to time, to get 
back some 1-bit feel-good enthusiasm. What the designers of the Macs of 
that time were able to achieve with black-and-white and limited 
resources is amazing! It was elegant and cool! I even keep copies of 
the bitmap Mac fonts of that time, New York, Venice, Cairo, Mobile, 
Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Geneva, Monaco, Athens around, just for 
the fun of looking at them again. I miss them.

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