[OS X TeX] Keeping this list healthy

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Fri Dec 1 17:37:56 EST 2006

Le 1 déc. 06 à 22:22, Victor Ivrii a écrit :

> Now
> the good question what reaction expected Bruno when mentioned M$W in
> this list? It was doomed to generate a discussion between M$-bashers
> like me and members of PETMU [Peole for Etical Treatment of Micro$oft
> Users] like you.

No. I expected a discussion on the direction TeX has been taking in  
the past, and on the direction it should take in the future to remain  
useful to people and to escape from the niche status it is currently  
digging itself in. I like TeX very much, and I would feel very sorry  
should it one day pass to antics status (though, I must admit, I  
liked more plain TeX and Textures, which felt more to human scale,  
cosier, than LaTeX and the Unix TeX distros).

The fact that the software taking TeX over in my message was Word  
from Microsoft was immaterial IMO. I was struck, after taking part  
for years in scientific conferences, to realize suddenly that (based  
on one example only, admittedly) TeX was no longer the lingua franca  
of science, and I thought it interesting to share that opinion.

Ironically, I find that the way you interpreted this message in terms  
of Microsoft, not TeX, illustrates very well how being too focused on  
MS bashing prevent people from seeing other more relevant issues at  


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