[OS X TeX] "Russian" online petition to Apple

Andrei Sobolevskii ansobol at mac.com
Wed Apr 27 15:39:40 EDT 2005

Dear fellow TeX on Mac users,

I apologize for going somewhat off topic, but hopefully not that far.

I have just read and signed the online petition:

    "Russian Localization for Mac OS X Tiger"

hosted on the web by PetitionOnline.com, the free online petition 
service, at:


A Russian-speaking TeX user on a Mac is less vulnerable to lack of 
proper localization than an average user because of 
internationalization features of the TeX/LaTeX system itself.  However 
the Mac platform is not for TeX wizards.

The open-source nature of Mac OS X and the competitively priced Mac 
Mini should make the Macintosh an attractive alternative to MS Windows 
and Linux in the former Soviet Union.  Lack of support for Russian 
language is one of the major factors hampering the wide adoption of 
this platform here.  Spreading the Mac user base and mobilizing 
developers in Russia and the FSU is in the interest of all Mac users.

Among more than 1,500 people having signed the petition so far, 
non-Russian-speakers have visible and growing presence.  If you can 
spare a moment, please take a look at the petition, and consider 
signing yourself.

Best wishes,

Associate Professor
Department of Physics
M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University
199992 Leninskie Gory, Moscow, Russia
Visiting Scientist
Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur
06304 Nice Cedex 4, France

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