[OS X TeX] End of i-Installer/i-Packages support per 1/1/2007

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Sat Nov 11 10:32:37 EST 2006

On 11.11.2006, at 16:15, Gerben Wierda wrote:

> Hello all,
> As I have announced at TUG2006 in Marrakech this week, my support  
> for i-Installer and the i-Packages will end on January 1st, 2007.
> Before that moment, there will be an attempt at one more  
> improvement of i-Installer: using authenticating proxies. And I  
> will work on the documentation of everything.
> After Jan 1, I will no longer support i-Installer or my i-Packages.  
> I will still use it personally and the incidental i-Package update  
> (e.g. ConTeXt updates) will find its way to the repositores. But I  
> will not offer e-mail support (nor answer it) and I will not do any  
> work unless it is for personal reasons.
> There are several reasons why I have to end support. The most  
> important reasons are:
> - The end of teTeX and the volatility of TeX Live.  Keeping up with  
> changes in TeX Live is beyond me and the support load that will  
> come from it is *way* beyond me
>  - My day job will take more energy and time (remember: my i- 
> Package/i-Installer activities have been done in my spare time).
> - I want to be a TeX *user* for a change.
> - 6 years have been wonderful but also enough.
> I will try to leave the setup in such a state that someone else can  
> take it up. I will also be available for advise *if* someone else  
> takes it up but only to a certain level (e.g. I am not going to  
> help people learn perl or Objective-C or Cocoa or etc.)
> It is not all over yet but I'd like to thank you all for your  
> support and for being such nice, friendly and constructive users.

Very sad to hear this, but a big thank you for your work during all  
these years. TeX on OSX would look quite different today if it hadn't  
been for i-installer.

Unfortunately, I lack the expertise to help out, but if financial  
support is needed in the future, I'm more than willing to make a  


Simon Spiegel
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