Drivers Update

Friday March 29th, 2002

The Status Reports was updated, and included some information on what are up to, and what's coming up:

" approved checkins for over 240 bugs this last week. We've taken a few more big-ticket items and have a couple to go. drivers will be ramping down this next week and actively soliciting fixes that we need to branch and have a Release Candidate 1 sometime (hopefully) late next week. We need to get RC1 out there quickly and get feedback on all the changes we've taken since 0.9.9 and at the same time we need the release to stand up so that users will put enough hours on it to give meaningful feedback. Please help us to get the builds into good shape over this next week with particular attention to recent regressions and topcrash+ bugs."

#25 Re: bug free TeX

by gadeiros <Harald@Henkel.DAH.UUnet.DE>

Sunday March 31st, 2002 4:50 AM

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> The closest thing I know to what you describe is TeX. It's certainly got utility (most of the math papers currently getting published are written in it). There's a standing bounty for bugs. The bounty has been unclaimed for many years now.

That's some kind of urban myth. Donald Knuth sends a cheque between $.25 and some $300 to everybody who first points out some layout error in a publication created using TeX, the amount being dependent on the age of the publication. Yet, most people don't really take the money, but frame the cheque.

And he sent out cheques for many thousand dollars over the past years. Of course not every cheque means another undiscovered error in the TeX software, and I would agree, that it is a very stable Piece of software with very few - even small remaining - bugs. But it has a long time of development - some 20 years now - and it wasn't completely rewritten in this time.