[NTG-context] new upload

Mojca Miklavec mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com
Thu Nov 26 19:43:45 CET 2020

On Thu, 26 Nov 2020 at 16:26, Keith McKay wrote:
> I was planning on getting the new entry level MAC min M1 with 8GB
> unified memory but I see that there will be no ConTeXt binaries for
> these new M1 chip Macs.

It's not that there will not be, it's just that none of us has
purchased a piece of hardware yet.

A few months back it was possible to purchase one, but:
- it was just a one year rental fee rather than the ability to purchase it
- definitely not available in my country
- one had to enrol to the payed developer program
- and then do a bunch of other bureaucracy (get some special business
number etc.)
- and it wasn't even guaranteed that you would get a device at the end

I was contemplating what to do this time around since 8 GB of memory
is not even sufficient to run a web browser, and the TeX Live hardly
fits on their drive :), but it should do the job purely as a build
machine. (Not that they have "none in stock", but I could smuggle one
from elsewhere as long as the postal services keep running ...)

> Would it be possible for a ConTeXt user like
> myself to build the binaries on my proposed new Mac? I'm not a computer
> professional.

There are three options:
- the existing Intel binaries should work just fine
- yes, you should be able to compile the binaries yourself
- we should eventually get hold of one device for our build farm, or
in the meantime just ask someone for the initial build which should
keep you covered for a while

Discussing when TeX Live will be available for arm is "out of
context". We should get those binaries working before TL 2021.


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