[dev-context] TeXLive 2006

Martin Schröder martin at oneiros.de
Sun Dec 10 23:47:39 CET 2006

2006/12/10, Taco Hoekwater <taco at elvenkind.com>:
> Taco Hoekwater wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I have good news as well as bad news.
> >
> > The good news is that the coming TeXLive will be nicely up to date
> > when it comes to ConTeXt (currently at 2006.12.07).
> In fact, I believe we should consider retracting ConTeXt from TeXLive
> perminently (for TL2007, we have already made promises for TL2006).
> Hans and I are continually asked to rename or delete things
>   - because the names conflict with some latex package (that is
>     invariably considered to be more inportant than ConTeXt), or
>   - because they allegedly duplicate already existing files
>     (that normally turns out to be false information afterward), or
>   - because some directory name is already pre-opted by LaTeX
>     (like where LaTeX font family support effectively disallows
>     ConTeXt support for that same family), or
>   - because something cannot be handled by the build scripts (that
>     nobody is willing to even allow changes to), or
>   - because they are considered to have an unacceptable license
>     (heaven/FSF forbid shipping files that cannot be altered by
>     everybody and their 4-year old child and then be redistributed
>     at will).
> After a few years of this, I am completely demotivated, and I assume
> Hans feels much the same way.

If ConTeXt would be removed from TL, this would be a very sad day for
the TeX community (and maybe TL should be renamed to LaTeXLive then).
I can understand your burn out, but I'm a bit surprised as I didn't
find much discussion recently about this on the TL mailing list. I
trust you have discussed this ad nauseam with Karl?


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