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TeX Live Releases

Postby localghost » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:36 am

A few days ago the new TeX Live 2009 had been released. Now it is available as compressed DVD ISO image for the public [1]. For the present it can only be downloaded from a nearby CTAN server. As soon as possible the (uncompressed) ISO image will be available via BitTorrent.

[1] Acquiring TeX Live as an ISO image - TeX Users Group

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Postby localghost » Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:00 pm

On 8 September, TeX Live 2010 has been released. At the moment it is available as uncompressed DVD ISO image from CTAN mirrors or via BitTorrent network. The above link leads to the site with the according download options.

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Postby localghost » Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:04 pm

Today TeX Live 2011 has officially been released. It should be available as DVD ISO image from a nearby CTAN mirror very soon. If not, it should make its way there within a short time. The are not many new features, thus it is more evolutionary.

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Postby localghost » Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:06 pm

Today TeX Live 2012 has officially been released. It isn't yet available as DVD image (ISO) on all mirrors, but should make its way there within a few days. At the moment the DVD image is only available via torrent. The changelog lists all the new features.

  • tlmgr supports updates from multiple network repositories. The section on multiple repositories in the tlmgr help output has more.
  • The parameter \XeTeXdashbreakstate is set to 1 by default, for both XeTeX and XeLaTeX. This allows line breaks after em-dashes and en-dashes, which has always been the behavior of plain TeX, LaTeX, LuaTeX, etc. Existing XeTeX documents which must retain perfect line-break compatibility will need to set \XeTeXdashbreakstate to 0 explicitly.
  • The output files generated by pdfTeX and DviPs, among others, can now exceed 2GB.
  • The 35 standard PostScript fonts are included in the output of DviPs by default, since so many different versions of them are extant.
  • In the restricted \write18 execution mode, set by default, MPost is now an allowed program.
  • A texmf.cnf file is also found in ../texmf-local, e.g., /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/web2c/texmf.cnf, if it exists.
  • The updmap script reads a per-tree updmap.cfg instead of one global config. This change should be invisible, unless you edited your updmap.cfg’s directly. The updmap –help output has more.
  • Platforms: armel-linux and mipsel-linux added; sparc-linux and i386-netbsd are no longer in the main distribution, but are available for installation as custom binaries, along with a variety of other platforms: http://tug.org/texlive/custom-bin.html.

Update 10 July:
In the meantime the DVD image has finally made its way onto the mirror servers.

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Postby localghost » Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:48 pm

This day has seen the official release of TeX Live 2013. The DVD images aren't available yet but possibly at the beginning of the next month. Updates later. The change log lists the following.

  • Distribution layout: the top-level texmf/ directory has been merged into texmf-dist/, for simplicity. Both the TEXMFMAIN and TEXMFDIST Kpathsea variables now point to texmf-dist.
  • Many small language collections have been merged together, to simplify installation.
  • MetaPost: native support for PNG output and floating-point (IEEE double) has been added.
  • LuaTeX: updated to Lua 5.2, and includes a new library (pdfscanner) to process external PDF page content, among much else (see its web pages).
  • XeTeX (also see its web pages for more):
    • The HarfBuzz library now used for font layout instead of ICU. (ICU is still used to support input encodings, bidirectionality, and the optional Unicode line breaking.)
    • Graphite2 and HarfBuzz are used instead of SilGraphite for Graphite layout.
    • On Macs, Core Text is used instead of the (deprecated) ATSUI.
    • Prefer TrueType/OpenType fonts to Type1 when the names are the same.
    • Fix occasional mismatch in font finding between XeTEX and xdvipdfmx.
    • Support OpenType math cut-ins.
  • xdvi: now uses FreeType instead of t1lib for rendering.
  • microtype: some support for XeTeX (protrusion) and LuaTeX (protrusion, font expansion, tracking), among other enhancements.
  • tlmgr: new pinning action to ease configuring multiple repositories; that section in tlmgr --help has more, online at http://tug.org/texlive/doc/tlmgr.html#M ... POSITORIES.
  • Platforms: armhf-linux, mips-irix, i386-netbsd, and amd64-netbsd added or revived; powerpc-aix removed. Support for some additional platforms is available as custom binaries (http://tug.org/texlive/custom-bin.html). In addition, some platforms are omitted from the DVD (simply to save space), but can be installed normally over the net.


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