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:
- by running programs from a mounted CD; to do this,
you'll need to adjust PATH and run everything
directly from the CD-ROM.
- 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).
- 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
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
order to view these documents. Both the browser and the Acrobat
can print the files directly to a printer.
Please send your comments to
Sebastian Rahtz (email@example.com)
Kaja Christiansen (firstname.lastname@example.org)