[OS X TeX] How Long...

François Chaplais francois.chaplais at ensmp.fr
Sat Jun 21 15:31:34 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)
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we are a very small lab, but most of our Mac/TeX users use Tiger or  
Leopard. I still have two machines at home running Panther, but my  
copy of MacTeX 2007 is multiply backed up. So I'd say: drop Panther.  
I think it is relevent, however, to keep versions o MacTeX both for  
PPC and Intel (as far as I am concerned, I run TeX on a Tiger macBook  
Pro, but I plan to move soon to leopard (in fact, as soon as I check  
goes along nice with TeX :-) ).

After all, the move to Intel was in 2006, if I remember well, and, to  
put things in scope, AppleCare is 3 year long...

cheers from Paris

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