[texhax] TexLive 2008

Ulrike Fischer news2 at nililand.de
Wed Sep 24 10:55:23 CEST 2008

Am Wed, 24 Sep 2008 00:03:07 -0400 schrieb Phillip E. Parker:

> The choice of a highly *nonstandard* compression/decompression algorithm
> little used outside the *nix coterie typifies the worst stereotypes of "my
> way or the highway" *nix users. (The arXiv suffered from this until Cornell
> humanized it somewhat.)

Hm. Are you aware of the fact that miktex (a highly non-unix TeX-System)
use lzma since over a year?
And that 7-zip is a native windows application? To quote their website:
"7-Zip works in Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista. There is a port of the
command line version to Linux/Unix."
> The facts are that a network install is not an option if one is not on a
> suitable network. I belabor the obvious to remind us that not all users have
> the luxury of having their system maintained by an academic or corporate
> sysad. (I do at the office, but not at home.)

All miktex users -- may they work at home or elsewhere -- use a "network
installer" since many years to install and update packages without
problems.  You only need access to the web to use it. The package
installer does everything: Download the lzma, decompress it, put all
files where they belong, update the file caches, run updmap. 
Miktex also use a "network installer" for the first install (it is
called setupwiz). 

Ulrike Fischer 

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