For PCs, running MSDOS or OS/2, EmTeX (by Eberhard
Mattes) offers LaTeX, BibTeX, previewers, and drivers. It is
available as a series of zip archives, with documentation in both
German and English. Appropriate memory managers for using emTeX
with 386 (and better) processors and under pre-’9x Windows, are
included in the distribution. (EmTeX can
be made to operate
under Windows, but even back when it was “current”, such use wasn’t
very actively encouraged.)
A version of emTeX, packaged to use a
TDS directory structure
, is separately available as an
emTeX ‘contribution’. Note that neither emTeX itself, nor
emTeX-TDS, is maintained. Users of Microsoft operating
systems, who want an up-to-date (La)TeX system, need Win32-based
For PCs, running MSDOS, a further option is a port of the
Web2C 7.0 implementation, using the GNU djgpp
compiler. While this package is more recent than emTeX, it
nevertheless also offers a rather old instance of (La)TeX.
For VAX systems running OpenVMS, a TeX distribution
is available CTAN, but is almost certainly not the latest (it
is more than 10 years old). Whether a version is even available for
current VMS (which typically runs on Intel 64-bit processors)
is not clear, but it seems unlikely.
For the Atari ST and TT, CS-TeX is available
from CTAN; it’s offered as a set of ZOO archives.
Amiga users have the option of a full implementations of TeX 3.1
(PasTeX) and Metafont 2.7.
It’s less likely that hobbyists would be running TOPS-20
machines, but since TeX was originally written on a DEC-10
under WAITS, the TOPS-20 port is another near approach
to Knuth’s original environment. Sources are available by anonymous
This is FAQ version 3.28, released on 2014-06-10.