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TeX Live is a cross-platform, free software distribution for the TeX typesetting system that includes major TeX-related programs, macro packages, and fonts. It is the replacement of its no-longer supported[1] counterpart teTeX.[2] It is now the default TeX distribution for several Linux distributions such as openSUSE,[3]Fedora,[4]Debian,[5][6] Ubuntu,[7] Termux[8] and Gentoo.[9] Other Unix operating systems like OpenBSD,[10] FreeBSD[11] and NetBSD[12] have also converted from teTeX to TeX Live.

TeX Live
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Original author(s)TeX Users Group
Developer(s)Karl Berry
Initial release1996
Stable release
2019 / 29 April 2019; 2 months ago (2019-04-29)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Operating systemFreeBSD, Linux, macOS, NetBSD, Solaris, Windows
Available inEnglish, Czech/Slovak, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese
TypeTeX distribution
LicenseLaTeX Project Public License (LPPL), GPL (Version 2)
Websitewww.tug.org/texlive/

The project was originally started by Sebastian Rahtz in 1996 in collaboration with the TeX user groups worldwide, including the TeX Users Group. Today, it is maintained by Karl Berry, Akira Kakuto, Luigi Scarso and many other people.[13]

Up to version 2009, TeX Live could be run directly, or "live", from a CD-ROM, from a DVD-ROM, or from any other mobile device, hence its name. As of TeX Live 2010, it was no longer possible to run the distribution from the TeX Collection DVD due to restrictions in storage space. TeX Live follows the TeX Directory Structure.

Since the 2009 release, the editor TeXworks is included for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, as well as the vector graphics language Asymptote.[14]

For Mac OS X there is MacTeX[15] which comprises the full TeX Live distribution as well as some additional tools for using TeX on the Mac, most notably the editor TeXShop and the bibliography manager BibDesk. Similar to Basic MikTeX in MikTeX, a substantially smaller download, BasicTeX, can also be used for Mac as well.[16][17] TeX Live can also be compiled and installed through MacPorts.

Release historyEdit

Discontinued Current Future (tlpretest)
Version Release date Significant changes Link
2019 April 19, 2019 New interface for TeX Live Manager.
2018 April 28, 2018 Case-insensitive file name matching on Unix by default. LaTeX default input encoding now UTF-8. [1]
2017 June 4, 2017 LuaTeX 1.04.[18] [2]
2016 June 5, 2016 LuaTeX 0.90.[18] [3]
2015 LaTeX2e now include fixes previously found in fixltx2e.[19] LuaTeX 0.80.[18] [4]
2014 [5]
2013 XeTeX now uses HarfBuzz for font layout.[19] LuaTeX 0.77.[18] [6]
2012 [7]
2011 biber added.[19] LuaTeX 0.70.[18] [8]
2010 Automatic EPS conversion for pdfTeX. PDF 1.5 output by default. XeTeX have margin kerning.[20] LuaTeX 0.60.[18] Can no longer be run live from a DVD.[19] [9]
2009 TeXworks included in Windows and OSX ports. Asymptote included.[19] LuaTeX 0.40.[18] [10]
2008 Incremental updates over the internet. First release with LuaTeX.[19] [11]
2007 [12]
2006 First release with XeTeX.[19] [13][permanent dead link]
2005 [14]
2004 New folder structure.[19] [15]
2003 e-TeX as default. Latin Modern included.[21] [16]
7 2002 Mac OS X support[21] [17]
6 July 2001[21] Finegrained collections.[21] [18]
5 March 2000[21] Removed all non-free software.[21] [19]
4 1999[21] Windows support. Web2C 7.3.[21] [20]
3 1998[21] Web2C 7.2.[21] [21]
2 1997[21] [22]
1 May 1996[21] [23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Thomas Esser. "teTeX: no next release". Archived from the original on 21 December 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  2. ^ "TeX Live". Retrieved 19 November 2009.
  3. ^ "openSUSE Software Search - TeX Live Packages". Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Fedora Wiki - TeX Live Migration". Retrieved 19 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Debian -- Details of package texlive in jessie". Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  6. ^ "TeX Live and Debian". Retrieved 19 November 2009.
  7. ^ "Ubuntu -- Details of package texlive in wily". Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  8. ^ "TeX Live Package Management". The Termux Wiki.
  9. ^ "Gentoo Monthly Newsletter: 30 September 2008". Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  10. ^ Edward Barrett (June 2008). Barbara Beeton (ed.). "Porting TeX Live to OpenBSD" (PDF). TUGboat. Portland, Oregon, United States: TeX Users Group. 29 (2): 303–304. ISSN 0896-3207. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
  11. ^ "FreeBSD ports for TeX Live". Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  12. ^ "The NetBSD Packages Collection: print/texlive-tetex". Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
  13. ^ "TeX Live - TeX Users Group". www.tug.org. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Release notes for TeX Live 2009". Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  15. ^ "MacTeX". Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  16. ^ "The Definitive, Non-Technical Introduction to LaTeX, Professional Typesetting and Scientific Publishing". Math Vault. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  17. ^ "New Features - MacTeX - TeX Users Group". www.tug.org. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g "LuaTeX Roadmap". Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h "The TEX Live Guide—2016". Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  20. ^ Karl Berry. "TEX Live 2010 news" (PDF). TUGboat. Portland, Oregon, United States: TeX Users Group. 31 (2): 173. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Sebastian Rahtz. "TeX-Collection 2003" (PDF). Retrieved 29 May 2017.

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