[tex-live] TL in CVS on Berlios

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Mon Jan 12 09:35:54 CET 2004

On Jan 11, 2004, at 23:39, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:

> Karl Berry wrote:
>> I have no objection to opendarwin, it looked very nice, but does it
>> offer anything the others do not?  I didn't see anything.  We could
>> check its speed I suppose.
> perhaps someone could create a project at Darwin?
> but, to be honest, I think it would look a little odd to tie ourselves 
> to a
> site so closely associated with one operating system,

That is a good point. OTOH it is Open and it is probably the widest 
spread desktop unix around these days. Personally, I think this is the 
point to consider. Attaching TeX to OpenDarwin has the disadvantage of 
connecting it to one particular OS (an open OS btw, you can run Darwin 
on Intel boxes, just like you can FreeBSD and friends, the fact that 
Mac OS X *uses* Darwin is slightly a different situation.) The 
advantage is that you make use of better funded circumstances.

> and a company which
> is not known for its open source credentials. yes, I am sure Apple are 
> being good
> people these days, but you cannot get rid of historial baggage that 
> quickly.

Come on. This is not really helpful, is it? Why act negative? If we 
were talking SCO, Microsoft, I would agree. But Apple today is more a 
policy child of NeXT than of Apple before Jobs' return. And NeXT 
already in 1989 used GNU tools and played ball in providing the 
Objective-C compiler part back to GCC. That was before anyone had 
seriously heard of free unix and Minix was copyright protected by 
Prentice Hall (which triggered Linus Thorvalds to write Linux).


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