[debian-knoppix] perhaps a smaller latex for 3.4?
I just wanted to point out that there is a variant of tetex (which seems
to be tailored for cygwin) that is substantially smaller than the standard
tetex distribution of texmf. It is called tetex-tiny.
The cygwin binary distribution for tetex-base is about 45Mbytes and that of
tetex-tiny about 11Mbytes. A 35Mbyte savings. Things would be different for
a debian install but hopefully not too different.
Of course there is a penalty. Tetex-tiny supports only the computer modern
fonts (I think).
This would provide basic functionality, but fancy documents would look lousy
because of missing fonts.
I dont know if it is worth figuring out how to build it under debian, but if
Klaus responds positively then maybe we should contact the maintainer
Jan Nieuwenhuizen <janneke at gnu dot org> and see whether it could be
integrated into the standard tetex distribution to make it usable with
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