[NTG-context] beta vs current

Henri Menke henrimenke at gmail.com
Thu Jan 30 21:56:27 CET 2020

On 1/31/20 8:37 AM, Aditya Mahajan wrote:
> On Thu, 30 Jan 2020, Hans Hagen wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Already for quite some years the 'current' context release is the one 
>> that ends up on texlive. The rest of the year we talk about betas and 
>> very rarely an alpha release. This distinction no longer makes sense.
>> From now on there will be no alpha, beta or current (with latest begin 
>> the most recent of the three, when present): we only will have latest. 
>> Most users follow the latest anyway and keeping a copy of some tree is 
>> cheap.
>> There will of course be the yearly tex live snapshots and these will 
>> have the year attached to them.
>> So, effectively nothing changes, apart from the fact that we no longer 
>> use the labels (and distinction on the website).
> I like this change.
>> A more fundamental distinction is between the versions:
>> pdftex|xetex     : mkii (probaly not used that much any longer)
>> luatex|luajittex : mkiv (also the test for luatex dev)
>> luametatex       : lmtx (the (upcoming) real deal)
>> Mojca and I are diuscussing / working on an upgrade of the context 
>> garden installations and repositories but more about that later,
> Will lmtx be available on the next texlive?

Probably not, LuaMetaTeX sources are not public yet, so TeX Live can't
build it and I don't think they are going to just pull binaries into the
tree.  They are also very cautious with licensing, so unless something
is truly open source they won't pull it (e.g. https://ctan.org/pkg/pgf-pie).

Cheers, Henri

> Aditya
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