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martin at dante.de martin at dante.de
Tue Sep 18 23:52:59 CEST 2018

Dear all,

I really appreciate all your suggestions regarding alternative media for the TeX Collection. However, please note, that AFAIK a USB stick or other flash medium can _not_ be produced to be used for all three major platforms Windows, Unix and Mac.

Secondly, for the last years we were able to sell the TeX Collection DVDs to the user groups for 0,45 EUR, which is _much_ less than any flash medium would cost (especially when quality is important).

Best regards

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Am 18. Sep. 2018, 23:25, um 23:25, "George N. White III" <gnwiii at gmail.com> schrieb:
>On Mon, 17 Sep 2018 at 18:20, Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org> wrote:
>> It's likely we'll remove all 32-bit machines from the DVD image (not
>> from TL) next year in order to gain enough space.
>My experience has been that it is increasigly hard to find a working
>DVD reader.   Many new systems don't have a DVD drive, and when
>you do find a DVD drive in an old system it often fails to read your
>I don't know if USB drives fare better in the mails than a DVD (I once
>received a DVD in an oversize cardboard envelope that had been
>folded to fit in my rural mailbox -- the DVD was neatly split into
>DVD's use more power than USB keys so are being left out of systems
>being used in remote field sites with limited power.
>> I'll change the example platform in the doc when that happens, but
>> probably not before. I don't want to unnecessarily churn the
>> documentation, implying all translators need to update, etc.
>> There is nothing wrong with "i386-linux" as the example, though
>> certainly I agree that nowadays "x86_64-linux" is more common.
>> I think metavariables would be more confusing than helpful to newbies
>> this case. Non-newbies presumably don't have a problem with this
>> text in any case. Brevity is also important. -k
>USB memory keys are replacing DVD's in many use cases.  The extra space
>available with USB keys would make it easier to distribute files for
>less popular
>platforms and eliminate some of the discussions over what to include on
>a DVD.
>George N. White III

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