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Future of TeX in Debian (was: Re: Bug#381467: bibtex2html: please provide alternative dependency on texlive packages)



Hi everybody,

On Mon, Aug 21, 2006 at 07:54 +0200, Norbert Preining wrote:
> On Die, 15 Aug 2006, Frank Küster wrote:
> > This is a dream.  For real (non Build-) deps, the only save virtual
> > package would depend on tetex-extra | texlive-full, which is insane.
> 
> I agree that for now and at least etch+1 we will have tetex as default.

For etch+1? IMO teTeX 3 (plus maybe some updates) should still be ok
when etch is released (at least if that happens during, say, the next
half year), but after that, it would really show its age. Since teTeX
looks to be really dead by now,¹ I am not sure it would make sense to
keep it as default for etch+1, though.

On a related note: Should we submit something for the Etch release
notes? It might be worth noting that a new TeX distribution has entered
Debian and that many of its packags are compatible with existing teTeX
packages. Depending on the long term planing one could also suggest
switching to TeX Live.

cheerio
ralf

1 IE, not only Thomas is no longer working on it, but there also seems
  to be no successor.



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