MacTeX Technical Working Group:
Brief History of gwTeX
From 2000 on Gerben Wierda has provided a TeX re-Distribution for Mac OS X (with
e-mail support), which helped TeX users on the Mac make the transition
from OS 9 to Mac OS X seamlessly. Initially the distribution was based on
teTeX and required compilation from source, soon it became based on a
mixture of TeX Live, teTeX, and Gerben's own additions and it became
installable for non-technical users. In 2007 the distribution became
almost entirely based on TeX Live. To be able to support the distribution
(and redistribution of a collection of other supporting programs like
Ghostscript, ImageMagick, FontForge, etc.) Gerben wrote and maintained a
net-aware and interactive Installer program called i-Installer.
Gerben stopped e-mail support and continuous development on his software
distributions and installer program on January 1, 2007. He continues to
maintain the current TeX distribution and support programs for his
personal use and contributes a little bit to TeX Live and still makes the
results available to the TeX community.
Gerben Wierda &
at TUG 2006, Marrakesh
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