Subject: teTeX: no next release
Date: Monday 22nd May 2006 08:38:21 UTC (over 10 years ago)
Hi, I am sorry to announce some bad news about teTeX: there won't be a next release. To be more precise: there won't be a next release done by me. In the past, preparing a release ment to spend all my spare time for about 2-3 month on getting the release out (in addition to doing regular updates on yources and the texmf tree). The time spend on it increased with the size of the distribution. My current development tree (just as it is today) is available from rsync://tug.org/tetexdevsrc/ so if anybody wants to pick it up, just do it. Basically, teTeX consists of a source tree and a texmf tree with fonts, macros, configuration, etc. The source tree of teTeX-3.0 is included 100% in TeX Live (http://www.tug.org/texlive/) which is released once per year. So, there is no doubt for me that all the stuff that is now included in the source tarball will be maintained actively. There are some parts which have been originally written by me (scripts such as updmap, texconfig, fmtutil) and I think that it won't be a problem for me to continue to maintain these things (and submit updates into the TeX Live repository). The texmf tree of teTeX is a monolitic distribution of individual CTAN packages. I am unsure if someone else wants to maintain such a monolitic monster package. I am sure that it would be much better to set up a package based infrastructure, such as MikTeX's. This infrastructure was recently ported to Linux, so using this might be a good start. Another possible source of information about creating TeX packages is again TeX Live. The work done there can be used to create debian packages in a mostly automated way. All the best, Thomas PS: Follow-Up set to firstname.lastname@example.org.