[OS X TeX] New TeX distribution and setup

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Sun Dec 31 20:52:05 EST 2006

Gerben Wierda wrote:

> 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.

Oops: I skipped the NOT in "Obviously NOT out of the "profit motive". 
So, now I feel for Retif. :-[


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