On Sun, 2008-07-27 at 14:20 +0100, Jonathan Underwood wrote:
In actual fact, the reason that I had made little headway is that
you start to look at the problem carefully you start to realize that
it's a bit of a mistake for Fedora to be repackaging the texlive
distribution rather than packaging the individual upstream projects.
I totally agree with this assessment
Anyway, here's some things I see as a bit of a priority:
1) Form a TeX SIG.
2) Get some TeX packaging guidelines in place
3) Work with the fonts SIG to resolve the fonts mess.
As long as what you do is text and font-related, you're welcome to work
within the Fonts SIG IMHO. Because in case you have noticed, setting up
a SIG and making it visible enough to influence upstreams is a lot of
[OT We're listened to because we have a internet wiki presence so please
everyone do take care to fill and update the wiki pages associated to
your font packages. I know it's no fun stuff but it helps a lot.]
Of course that shouldn't stop you for setting a separate SIG if you feel
like it and have the necessary manpower. SIGs are fun.
Of course, until we actually try implementing such an approach,
not become clear what the complications are.
That's usually the case. It's an incrementatal
ooops-brownpaper-bag-decision process. :p
I have to admit, I'm not
massively familiar with the font packaging process in Fedora, but have
been reading through the wiki pages and looking at packages this
weekend - in fact I hadn't really wanted to raise a proposal until I
had a better and more complete understanding of the problem space, but
Nicholas' email has spurred me on a bit.
What do folks think? And I guess, more importantly, who's up for some work? :)
I obviously am already taken by other stuff, and I'll be away for a
month starting tomorrow, but I can offer the Fonts SIG infrastructure. I
do think TUG has the potential to be a big font provider, and there's a
lot of crossover between the Fonts SIG and what you want to do, so that
would be good for everyone.
Of course I don't speak for everyone in the SIG, so, people, if you
don't want TEX messages to crowd the list, please speak up now.