13. September 2008 10:16
MiKTeX 2.8 Beta 1 is available! This is a source code release for GNU/Linux.
Please visit the 2.8 status page, if you want to try it out.
The MiKTeX package manager graphical user interface (GUI) has been ported to GNU/Linux using the Qt widget toolkit.
The GUI allows you to browse the package database and install packages.
What comes next
This is the todo list for the upcoming beta releases:
5. September 2008 15:44
I have started MiKTeX 2.8 development a short while ago. Here is what has been done and what will happen in the next couple of months:
MiKTeX package manager GUI (Linux)
My development progress bar shows sixty percent.
What has been done:
- package information is displayed in a list view window
- it is possible to install/remove packages
What is missing:
- search for packages (using file names or keywords
The source code will be made available soon.
Coding this initial version was fun. I have learned many new things (Qt, Unix build tools, ...). Not a waste of time. But:
Now that TeX Live has a nice package manager of its own, I do not
expect much interest in the MiKTeX package manager for Linux. That
said, I only will continue to spend time on this project, if more
pledges come in. See http://micropledge.com/projects/miktex-mpm-qt?do=pledge, for more information.
Nothing happened yet. I took a look at the LuaTeX development sources and discovered no stumbling points. On principle, it should be possible to integrate LuaTeX. And I will start this task in October. It remains to be seen whether LuaTeX will be successful. At the moment, only ConTeXt seems to make use of its features.
pdfTeX for Linux
I will make available the MiKTeX version of pdfTeX for Linux.
8. June 2005 13:27
Now that the commandline-version of the package manager is near completion, I wonder how complicated is it to port the Windows (MFC) version to Linux?
I take into consideration these strategies:
- Reimplement the application in C# (.NET), i.e., port it to Mono.
- Rewrite the MFC application using one of the free portable GUI toolkits:
- It seems that wxWidgets (fka wxWindows) would be the right choice, since it resembles the MFC framework.
- Qt is a well designed toolkit. But it is unclear whether the Windows version of Qt will be released under GPL.
- GTK+ is released under LGPL and claims to be object oriented, though it is written in C.