Deutschsprachige Anwendervereinigung TeX
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DANTE was founded on April, 14th 1989 in the German city of Heidelberg by a handful of TeX enthusiasts who had met formerly on a non-regular basis.
According to its statutes, DANTE consults TeX users from all German-speaking countries and funds TeX-related projects. It also represents members towards other TeX users groups.
DANTE runs the main CTAN backbone server, dante.ctan.org.
Conferences with talks, tutorials and general member meetings are held bi-annually on changing locations all over the German-speaking countries. The conferences are free of charge for everyone interested in TeX.
DANTE's international counterpart is the TeX Users Group (TUG) that was founded in 1980.