[OS X TeX] New TeX distribution and setup

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Sun Dec 31 11:04:46 EST 2006

On Dec 31, 2006, at 16:18, Alain Schremmer wrote:

> Axel E. Retif wrote:
>> Andrei,
>> On 31 Dec, 2006, at 02:53, Andrei Sobolevskii wrote:
>>> Dear Axel,
>>>> In this, the last day of Gerben Wierda's support of his TeX 
>>>> distributions, I would like to thank him publicly for his excellent 
>>>> and selfish work along these years, far more professional than any 
>>>> commercial product I know.
>>> Shouldn't this have been "selfless"?
>> Thank you. This is _really, really_ embarrassing, the worst typo I 
>> could make ---I meant to write unselfish, of course.
>> My apologies, especially to Gerben Wierda.
> I don't agree. After all, why did Wierda do it? Obviously out of the 
> "profit motive" as the currently prevalent idelology would us to have 
> it. So,what does that leave? I think Wierda did for "esthetic" 
> purposes, that is for the pleasure of doing something well and/or for 
> others, and this would have been for his own pleasure, just as with 
> any artist or artisan or most engineer or scientist—as opposed to 
> people "into power". Think of even illustrious examples. Well, anyway, 
> that's the way I see it.

Not quite right, but who am I? ;-)

Actually, it *was* my "volunteer job". I like to help, and that is what 
I got out of it. One can call that a profit in purely economical terms, 
but that is about as right as saying that our behaviour (including 
altruism) is purely darwinistic. True, but meaningless.


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