Welcome to the TeX Live CD-ROM

The TeX Live CD-ROM offers a complete TeX system for a variety of Unix, Win32, and other platforms. This encompasses programs for typesetting, previewing and printing of TeX documents, a large collection of TeX macros and extensive font libraries.

We have included on the CD-ROM a large amount of general documentation about TeX, as well as the documents that accompany specific software packages. There are numerous help files that may make starting with the software easier.

Where to start

We highly recommend that you print out and read the TeX Live Guide (5th edition) prior to undertaking the installation. The Guide provides the information necessary for using this CD-ROM and installing the system. You will find various versions of the Guide in the tldoc/english directory on CD:

How to use the CD-ROM on Unix and Windows 95/NT systems

The CD-ROM can be used in the following ways:
  1. by running programs from a mounted CD; to do this, you'll need to adjust PATH and run everything directly from the CD-ROM.
  2. by installing all or part of the system to your local hard disk (you will need at least 10 megabytes, preferably 100 megabytes of disk space to do this).
  3. by installing selected packages either with your running TeX system or a TeX Live system you installed earlier.

Each of these methods is described in the TeX Live Guide , sections on Installation and use under Unix and Installation and use under Windows.

Unix users will have to mount the CD using the `Rock Ridge' extensions to the ISO-9660 format. Consult your system administration documents for details of how to do this, if it does not happen by default.

Windows 95 and NT users should see the full file names on the CD, as it also uses the Microsoft Joliet extensions. If you see truncated names, you cannot run programs from the CD.


Much of the documentation can be viewed online (before the TeX system is actually installed). The documents for online viewing are usually in HTML and/or PDF formats; you need to have a browser (like Netscape) for HTML documents, and a PDF reader such as Acrobat, gv or xpdf for PDF documents, in order to view these documents. Both the browser and the Acrobat can print the files directly to a printer.

Happy TeX'ing!

Please send your comments to texlive@tug.org.

Valid HTML 4.0 Sebastian Rahtz (sebastian.rahtz@oucs.ox.ac.uk)
Kaja Christiansen (kaja@daimi.au.dk)

March 2000