[EXT] Re: [texcollection] TeX Collection upload from April 6

Manfred Lotz manfred at dante.de
Wed Apr 8 12:13:23 CEST 2020

On Wed, 8 Apr 2020 10:38:49 +0100
Philip Taylor <P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk> wrote:

> Manfred Lotz wrote:
> I naïvely thought that Windows 7 is something from the past, and no
> longer supported by Microsoft.  So, should (must) texlive support
> Windows 7 officially?.
> Whilst Microsoft were rather more successful than many of us
> anticipated in panicking Windows 7 users into downgrading to Windows
> 10, there is a very substantial hard core (clearly including myself,
> on almost ten machines) who flatly refuse to dowgrade.  The latest
> statistics suggest that over 20% of the Microsoft installations still
> run Windows 7.  Policy is nothing to do with me, and whether or not
> TeX Live should/must support Windows 7 is not for me to say, but I do
> believe that if Windows 7 were not supported then that would be an
> error of judgement, and a great dis-service to a very large number of
> extant TeX users.
> Unless/until Microsoft drop the tablet-mentality "tiles/panes" user
> interface and replace it with something more professional, in Windows
> 10 and/or one of its successors, I for one will not consider
> downgrading.  Indeed, when I purchased my most recent machine (a
> Fujitsu Celsius with i7 processor), I deliberately chose one with an
> older processor so that I could continue to perform Windows 7
> upgrades without hacking the O/S; Windows 7 upgrades are no longer
> offered to hoi polloi, so these days I could buy a more modern
> processor without loss of functionality, but I would never consider a
> machine that would not support Windows 7.
> Philip Taylor

I understand why you prefer W7. I also don't like these 'tiles/panes'
things for everything.

But I have nothing to complain as I am a privileged person being able
to avoid Windows all together. Even in my company I am a happy Linux


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