|Original author(s)||TeX Users Group|
|Stable release||2013 / 18 June 2013|
|Operating system||AIX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, IRIX, Linux, Mac OS X, OpenBSD, Solaris, Windows|
|Available in||English, Simplified Chinese, Czech/Slovak, French, German, Polish, Russian, Serbian|
|License||LaTeX Project Public License (LPPL), GPL (Version 2)|
TeX Live is a 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 counterpart teTeX. It is now the default TeX distribution for several Linux distributions such as Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu and Gentoo. Other Unix operating systems like OpenBSD, FreeBSD and NetBSD are also converting from teTeX to TeX Live.
The project was originally started by Sebastian Rahtz in 1996 in collaboration with the TeX users groups worldwide, including the TeX Users Group. Today, it is maintained by Karl Berry.
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 from 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.
For Mac OS X there is MacTeX which comprises TeX Live as well as some additional tools for using TeX on the Mac, most notably the editor TeXShop and the bibliography manager BibDesk. TeX Live can also be compiled and installed through MacPorts.
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