The TeX collection
If you don’t have access to the Internet, there are obvious
attractions to TeX collections on a disc. Even those with net
access will find large quantities of TeX-related files to hand a
The TeX collection provides this, together with
ready-to-run TeX systems for various architectures. The collection
is distributed on DVD, and contains:
A fair number of national TeX User Groups, as well as TUG,
distribute copies to their members at no extra charge. Some user
groups are also able to sell additional copies:
contact your local user group or TUG.
You may also download disc images from CTAN; the installation
disc, ProTeXt and MacTeX are all separately available. Beware:
they are all pretty large downloads. TeX Live, once installed, may
be updated online.
More details of the collection are available from
its own web page
on the TUG site.
- The TeX Live distribution, including the programs themselves
compiled for a variety of architectures; TeX Live may be
run from the DVD or installed on hard disc.
- MacTeX: an easy to install TeX system for MacOS/X, based
on TeX Live; this distribution includes a native Mac installer,
the TeXShop front-end
and other Mac-specific tools;
- ProTeXt: an easy to install TeX system for Windows, based
on MiKTeX, based on an ‘active’ document that guides
- A snapshot of CTAN.
- systems/mac/mactex; catalogue entry
- systems/win32/protext; catalogue entry
- TeX Live install image
- systems/texlive; catalogue entry
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