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suggestions about the the better TeX distribution

Postby danielvelizv » Wed May 24, 2017 11:42 pm

Good afternoon people


Hello people. I'm working in a project that consists in a math book, I'm employing koma-script to improve my typography but I want to use the best
TeX distribution to finish my work.

Can anyone suggest me the best option considering what I said before? With a professional point of view please

Thanks, regards :D :D

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Postby Johannes_B » Thu May 25, 2017 9:21 am

From a professional point of view, you only have two options (MikTeX and TeX Live) and both are equally good.

Many TeX helpers encourage to use TeX Live (i am one of them), but it really doesn't matter.
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Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Thu May 25, 2017 11:09 am

Next week, June 1st, the newest version of TeX Live will be released. TeX Live 2017 has been thoroughly tested, issues and fixes have been discussed on the tex-live mailing list. That's a good opportunity to install a new TeX distribution. After the release, updates to TeX Live are available via CTAN.

TeX Live is maintained and backed by the international TeX Users Group. And it runs on Windows, Linux, Apple Mac OS X, and more Unixes. Since it comes from and with the Unix world, it comes with a lot of small tools.

I used MiKTeX many years ago, when it had a package manager and TeX Live did not have yet one. It was easier to install and to update. That changed in 2008, since then I am using TeX Live. I cannot say much about MiKTeX as a non-user. The MiKTeX distribution is the work of one man, so it mainly depends on him and his time.

There is a review of Joseph Wright, one of our moderators: TeX on Windows: TeX Live versus MiKTeX revisited.

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Postby danielvelizv » Thu May 25, 2017 2:23 pm

Stefan Kottwitz wrote:Next week, June 1st, the newest version of TeX Live will be released. TeX Live 2017 has been thoroughly tested, issues and fixes have been discussed on the tex-live mailing list. That's a good opportunity to install a new TeX distribution. After the release, updates to TeX Live are available via CTAN.

TeX Live is maintained and backed by the international TeX Users Group. And it runs on Windows, Linux, Apple Mac OS X, and more Unixes. Since it comes from and with the Unix world, it comes with a lot of small tools.

I used MiKTeX many years ago, when it had a package manager and TeX Live did not have yet one. It was easier to install and to update. That changed in 2008, since then I am using TeX Live. I cannot say much about MiKTeX as a non-user. The MiKTeX distribution is the work of one man, so it mainly depends on him and his time.

There is a review of Joseph Wright, one of our moderators: TeX on Windows: TeX Live versus MiKTeX revisited.

Stefan


Thanks for your reply. It helps me a lot your information, owing to the circumstances, I think it's better to wait for the release of this new version of TeX Live, regards!

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Postby SerenaTex » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:18 pm

Hi , I have a MOS Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and I urgently need to start my writing on Latex (which I already used on other computers..)
I have not been able to find the right Latex version to install (as editor and compiler).
Could you please help me? Possibly with a link form where I can straight away install the right package ?
Thanks a lot
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Postby Johannes_B » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:31 pm

Hi Serena

http://www.tug.org/mactex/

Check if the editor you previously used is available on mac, if not, use one that seems comfortable to you.
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Postby SerenaTex » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:38 pm

Hi and thank you for your answer. However I did know that link! but is very chriptic to find the right version if you do not have the latest MOS !
The directions on the following page
http://www.tug.org/mactex/faq/3-4.html
are not easy to follow !


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