[tex-live] TeX install on single-layer DVD

Gianluca Gorni gianluca.gorni at dimi.uniud.it
Thu Sep 17 13:57:13 CEST 2009

Thanks to all the helpful people that answered my query
(Karl Berry, Reinhard Kotucha, George White, Robin Fairbairns,
I hope I did not leave out anyone)!

Having resigned myself to the fact that a CD is no longer enough for
a standard TeX install, I update my wish as follows:

   please make a *single layer* DVD with *fool-proof installers*
   (as much as humanly possible...) of TeXLive (and ProTeXt?)
   for all major platforms.

This way I could duplicate the DVD and give copies around,
also to students that are not computer-savvy.
I only know Macintosh. If a windows/linux student turns up saying
"the installer does not work on my machine", I cannot be of much help.

Thank you in advance!

Yours sincerely,
Gianluca Gorni

> Hello,
> I am a long-time user of TeX and LaTeX, and I promote it
> among the students of Udine University, in Italy.
> Until TeXLive 2007 there used to be a ProTeXt install CD.
> I used to hand out copies of the CD to my students.
> With TeXLive 2008 we only got one double-layer DVD.
> Unfortunately, I have not been able to duplicate it.
> I am still distributing the 07 CD, because I don't
> like giving away my only precious DVD.
> So, please, this year make *CD* install disks, beside the
> all-inclusive DVD!
> Thank you for all your great work!
> Yours sincerely,
> Gianluca Gorni

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