[OS X TeX] How Long...

Franck Pastor franck.pastor at skynet.be
Sat Jun 21 10:37:50 EDT 2008

Le 21-juin-08 à 15:28, Herbert Schulz a écrit :

> 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)

in many of the Universities where I work of have worked and where  
Apple's computers are present, Panther is still widely used, since  
they don't replace their computers every other year.

Maybe an easy(?) solution would be to keep the MacTeX-TeXLive 2007  
distribution alive for a while (one year?), besides the brand-new  
MacTeX-TeXLive 2008.

Franck Pastor

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