[OS X TeX] MacTeX 2011

Richard Koch koch at math.uoregon.edu
Wed Jun 1 00:32:35 EDT 2011


Just three days ago, just before making the first beta of MacTeX-2011,
we made a "final MacTeX-2010", which will be put on the web when
TeX Live 2011 becomes final. This installer has

	a) The latest Ghostscript, 9.02, for system 10.3 and above

	b) The latest versions of all GUI programs as of the build date,
when appropriate. For instance, MacTeX-2010 contains three different
versions of BibDesk, two obsolete versions for older systems and then
the latest version for Leopard and above. We upgraded that Leopard
versions to the latest stuff.

	c) Finally, and most important, the TeX Live we install is TeX Live 2010,
with all TeX Live Utility updates through the moment that the server
was turned off to prepare for TeX Live 2011.

So while you cannot install MacTeX 2011, you can install an archive copy of
everything updated until the last possible moment.

It is also possible, of course, to download the sources and build TeX Live 2011
yourself on Tiger. 

What doesn't make sense (in my opinion) is to keep releasing code compiled
on ancient systems, when almost all users will use that code on more recent
systems. It doesn't make sense to bloat MacTeX with ancient versions of 
TeXShop, BibDesk, and LaTeXiT for users with old systems who cannot use
the latest versions.  It doesn't make sense to have a Ghostscript package with
10 different versions of the code:

	10.3 PowerPC
	10l4 Intel
	10.5 PowerPC
	10.5 Intel
	10.6 Intel 64 Bits

times two because each version is needed with X11 code and separately
without X11 code.

Dick Koch

On May 31, 2011, at 9:07 PM, Alan T Litchfield wrote:

> On 1/06/2011, at 1:14 AM, Juergen Fenn wrote:
>> Hello,
>> on the TeX Live pretest page we read that the vintage versions of Mac OS
>> X Panther and Tiger will no longer be supported in MacTeX 2011.
> That's a shame. I keep an eMac running Tiger so I can run apparently outmoded Classic apps.
> Hmmm. Vintage. Wonder what that makes me then...
> Alan
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