[tex-live] TL13 status

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Mon Apr 8 21:28:45 CEST 2013

On 2013-04-08 at 11:38:46 +0100, Philip TAYLOR wrote:

 > Karl Berry wrote:
 > > FYI ...
 > > TL'12 is frozen forever.
 > So for the benefit of those of us that prefer stability
 > to start-of-the-art, would you say that TL'12, as frozen,
 > is sufficiently bug-free to be worth installing, or does
 > it have known problems that would prove an obstacle to
 > its successful deployment ?

Phil, it's *not* frozen because it's bug-free.  We actually don't know
whether it's bug-free because a lot of new packages were added
recently.  To be frozen here means that no updates will be sent to
tlnet.  Packages from CTAN will still go to the repository for a while.

The sole reason for the freeze is that for a couple of weeks the
repository will be inconsistent.

Regarding upgrades: It would be nice if one can upgrade from one
release to another.  But this is only possible if there are no
significant changes.  Sometimes it's possible with a few manual
adaptions but this year it's much too risky.

You can safely install TL-2012, there is no need to remove older
versions.  You can switch between versions at any time.  It's much
safer this way rather than rolling back to an older release.
What I don't know is what to do with the shortcuts on Windows.


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