[tex-live] status report on TL? (LaTeX release)

Gerben Wierda Sherlock at rna.nl
Sat Jul 26 13:08:16 CEST 2003

On Thursday, Jul 24, 2003, at 22:55 Europe/Amsterdam, Karl Berry wrote:

>     te> The next thing that comes to my mind is that we could have more
>     than just one version of TL8.
> We can put as many versions as we want on the web, but it's not
> economically feasible to press more than one set of discs.
> For example, we could put a beta .iso with the new latex (as soon as
> it's released) on the web for the sake of anyone who might like to try
> it that way.

I would like to repeat my original proposal:

1. Image = CD = published version, major number (i.e. TL7 TL8). The 
image does *not* change until there is a next major release. Image 
comes from source at a certain moment and from Master.
2. source tree. Updated once a while when fixes and improvements have 
matured in source.development. Could carry a minor number (e.g. 8.1 8.2 
but maybe that is not a good idea because you want to be able to 
incidentally fix nasty bugs in source before source.development has 
matured). Sebastian decides on the update of source.
3. source.development tree. Current development status.

The question is of course Master, which is not split in a stable and a 
development tree. Probably this should happen as well. It is probably 
not a good idea to have a second image. The reason is pyschological. If 
you move to a second image which is updated more often, the pressure to 
keep *the* image fault free and 'done' diminishes.

"To be or not to be, that is the question" -- Parmenides

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