[texhax] TeXLive2008 for Kubuntu

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Wed Apr 1 11:22:32 CEST 2009

Lars Madsen wrote:
> Karl Berry wrote:
>>     you do not want to have both TeXLive 2007 (from Ubuntu) and TeX Live 
>>     2008 (from TUG) installed at the same time
>> Why not have them both installed at the same time?  What does it hurt?
>> That'd my advice, in general.  Unless there's a disk space issue.
>> The Ubuntu packages can have Ubuntu LaTeX to satisfy their dependencies,
>> and you can have TL installed (in /usr/local) for real work.  The TL
>> install does not interact with the system stuff in any way, unless you
>> go out of your way to make it do so.
> that is true, but on many older laptops people do not have enough space 
> for two LaTeX dists. And it you don't set the paths right you end up 
> with the wrong LaTeX dist.
> also, most people do not know about kpsewhich, so they will search their 
> systems in a regular way to look for the existence of a specific 
> package. And they don't know the difference between the two.
> It is both to save space, but also not to confuse. We see more and more 
> users (bith Windows, MAC and Linux) that know absolutely nothing about 
> computers, so in my opinion, the less confusion (after installation) the 
> better.
>> Lars, I'm sure you know this, though, so I'm confused about what you're
>> saying.
>> Not knowing anywhere near enough French or Danish to read either
>> article, I guess I remain ignorant :).
>> karl
> I asked the original poster to translate it into english.

another reason that comes to mind:

A users is a TUG member that have therefore installed TeX Lvie 2008, 
perhaps using the DVD.

Now this user would like to use the TeXMaker editor, but ubuntu also 
want to install LaTeX in order for you to install TeXMaker, which might 
increase the download to several hundred Mb, that does not make sense.

In any case I wonder a bit why the ubuntu packages is packaged they way 
they are. Yes, you need LaTeX for TeXMaker to make sense, but not to 
just start the program.



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