[tex-live] "why is tex live so big"

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Tue Oct 23 00:47:04 CEST 2012

On Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 12:37:17AM +0200, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> On 2012-10-22 at 19:03:52 +0200, Martin Schröder wrote:
>  > KerTeX tries to be a small TeX distribution.
> It claims to be small.  It provides cmsuper as well. <cough> :)
> A small distribution is always based on assumptions about what users
> need.  And these assumptions are almost always wrong.  If people like
> KerTeX, they will ask to add this or that package and finally KerTeX
> will either die or be as large as TeX Live.

Can't agree more. I'm pretty sure there is a name for this not uncommon
software development phenomenon.


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