[OS X TeX] How Long...

George LGhio gghi at bordernet.com.au
Sat Jun 21 10:19:47 EDT 2008

Hi Herb

I still use 10.3.9 as I am sure many others do. That said, to continue 
supplying a version in new distributions is past considering.

I would hope that it would still be available as a down load 
"somewhere" for a while yet. There are many for whom new computers are 
not an option on a regular basis.


On 21 Jun 2008, at 11:28 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> Howdy,
> In assembling software for the MacTeX 2008 release I've stumbled 
> across a bit of a dilemma that may be a bit controversial. The 
> questions is... How much longer should we support Panther (OS X 
> 10.3.9).
> More and more software updates have dropped Panther support so that 
> requires having two versions of the software in the MacTeX (and 
> MacTeXtras) distribution; an older one for Panther and a newer one for 
> Tiger/Leopard. This is leading to a bit of bloat in the distribution 
> as well as limiting what can be included because of space 
> considerations.
> One very recent example is the release of Aquamacs Emacs 1.4 which is 
> no longer Panther compatible. Since this is a large distribution, a 
> >50MB dmg file, it is impractical to include both the 1.4 and 1.3b 
> (Panther compatible) versions in MacTeX.
> So, let the discussion begin. How many people, especially at 
> Universities and other Organizations, which distribute software via 
> Disk still need Panther versions?
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest.com)
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