[tex-live] Perl for Windows

Jerzy B. Ludwichowski Jerzy.Ludwichowski at uni.torun.pl
Tue Jun 20 08:30:00 CEST 2006

Reinhard Kotucha:
>>>>>> "Jerzy" == Jerzy B Ludwichowski <Jerzy.Ludwichowski at uni.torun.pl> writes:
>   > Nobody forces nobody -- except for circumstances -- to use
>   > Windows.
> My employer forces me to use Windows.  And I think that I'm not the
> only one...
That's what I meant by circumstances.  "Nobody forces nobody" meant 
"bodies" in our community.
But there are many windows shops around and if we want to have presence 
there we should to
a large extent play the game in conforming to the habits of users or 
rather the rules of the platform.
Complaints don't move things forward as MS is not very responsive to say 
the least.  Complaints
spiced with ad personam remarks only create bad feelings.  We should be 
open and responsive to
the problems by trying to solve them taher than complaining.  I fully 
agree with the recent posting
from George:

Analyzing the problems that arise in Win32 is important, not just
because many TeX users want to use Win32, but because the things we
learn are likely to help with problems we will encounter when new
platforms appear.  The ability to use a platform tool after checking
for the required functionality is helpful because it provides
information that can be used to fix broken external tools and because
the tests will be useful in other situations (e.g., porting to a
totally new OS ten years from now).


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