[OS X TeX] My next book has been created with TeX...
herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Dec 10 07:46:28 EST 2014
> On Dec 9, 2014, at 8:17 PM, Richard Koch <koch at math.uoregon.edu> wrote:
> Nice to hear from you. Congratulations on the book.
> Gerben was active in the TeX on OS X world from the very beginning
> of OS X. He wrote i-Intaller, a program which installed packages over the internet;
> in particular this was the standard way for Mac Users to get TeX for many, many years.
> Users also obtained Ghostscript, Font Utilities, and other important pieces of TeX
> that way.
> Gerben’s TeX distribution was based on teTeX by Thomas Esser. When teTeX was
> discontinued in 2006, Gerben created a new distribution based on TeX Live and
> still distributed through i-Installer.
> Gerben wrote simpdftex, a script in TeX Live which typesets by calling latex to
> typeset, and then calling dvips to convert the resulting dvi to postscript, and then
> calling ghostscript or other distillers to convert the postscript to pdf. This script
> is still used in TeXShop and other front ends.
> The first versions of MacTeX installed Gerben’s TeX Distribution. He did all the
> hard work, and we just repackaged.
> Shortly after Gerben created a TeX Live based distribution, he announced
> end of support for that distribution. This caused panic in the Mac world, until
> we switched to TeX Live.
> So how to put this — Gerben was THE key figure in the Mac world for TeX from
> the start around 1998 until at least 2007.
> Dick Koch
Certainly couldn't have put it better!
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
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