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## TeX Live 2012 released

Juli 8th, 2012 by Stefan Kottwitz

Today, TeX Live 2012 has been released. TeX Live is a comprehensive TeX and LaTeX system for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Unix systems. A special version called MacTeX 2012 is available for Mac OS X.

Changes compared to TeX Live 2011:

• tlmgr supports updates from multiple network repositories.
• The parameter \XeTeXdashbreakstate is set to 1 by default. This allows line breaks after em-dashes and en-dashes, which has always been the behavior of other engines and formats such as plain TeX, LaTeX, and LuaTeX. Explicitly set \XeTeXdashbreakstate to 0 for perfect line-break compatibility for existing XeTeX documents.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.

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## TeX Live 2012 Schedule

Mai 5th, 2012 by Stefan Kottwitz

Today Karl Berry announced on the TeX Live mailing list, that in about one week (May 10) TeX Live 2011 and tlnet will be frozen, and the building of the pretest version of TeX Live 2012 will start shortly after that.

So the schedule for the release of TeX 2012 is, as it can be read on the TeX Live homepage:

• May 10: TeX Live 2011 and tlnet frozen
• May 31: Complete freeze, some time for testing and documentation
• June 14: Final images for the TeX Collection DVD
• In August: DVDs will be delivered to TUG members.

This is the plan, changes are still possible as it depends on the time of the developers and contributors.

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## TeX Live and MacTeX 2011 released

Juli 20th, 2011 by Stefan Kottwitz

TeX Live 2011 is now available online. It is a comprehensive TeX system working on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Unix systems. It includes LaTeX and all the major TeX-related programs, macro packages, and fonts that are free software and supports many languages. TeX Live has been developed since 1996 supported by several TeX user groups.

There are some changes in the new version:

• biber is now included, a program for bibliography processing.
• The Mac OS X binaries now work only on Leopard or later; Panther and Tiger are no longer supported.
• MetaPost no longer creates or uses .mem files. Needed files are read on every run.
• updmap runs much faster now.

Also MacTeX 2011 has been published online.

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## TeX Live 2011 pretesting

Mai 30th, 2011 by Stefan Kottwitz

Today Karl Berry announced that a pretest version of TeX Live 2011 is now available. It can be downloaded from several repositories. The documentation has not been fully updated yet. The TeX Live Team would like it if you send them test reports and suggestions.

Some changes in 2011:

• The Mac OS X binaries now work only on Leopard or later; Panther and Tiger are no longer supported.
• MetaPost no longer creates or uses .mem files. Needed files are read on every run.
• updmap runs much faster now.

This text is available in German. Dieser Text ist auch in Deutsch verfügbar.

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## ConTeXt Mark IV support in MiKTeX

Oktober 31st, 2010 by Stefan Kottwitz

The recently released version 2.9 of MiKTeX, which is the first MiKTeX release with LuaTeX integration, now supports ConTeXt Mark IV, as Christian Schenk announced.

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## TeX Live 2010 and MacTeX 2010 released

September 12th, 2010 by Stefan Kottwitz

TeX Live 2010 is available now.

Some changes in 2010, like announced in this blog post:

• pdfLaTeX automatically converts EPS files for inclusion, as already been planned but dismissed for the previous release
• The execution of a some external commands from TeX, via \write18, is now enabled by default.
• The default PDF version for the output is now 1.5 allowing a better compression.
• Some programs have been added: pTeX for Japanese typesetting, chktex, the dvisvgm converter, further BibTeXU for Unicode support in BibTeX.
• XeTeX now uses microtype for margin kerning but doesn’t support font expansion yet.

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## MiKTeX 2.9 Beta released

August 27th, 2010 by Stefan Kottwitz

The beta version of MiKTeX 2.9 has been released. Windows 7, Vista, XP (at least SP 3), Server 2003 and 2008 (at least SP 2) are supported, Windows 2000 no longer.
LuaTeX has been integrated for the first time and several software packages have been updated.

The final version of MiKTeX 2.9 will be released in October.

This text is available in German. Dieser Text ist auch in Deutsch verfügbar.

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## MiKTeX 2.6 and 2.7 marked for end-of-life

Juli 28th, 2010 by Stefan Kottwitz

Christian Schenk announced today that the support for MiKTeX 2.6 and MiKTeX 2.7 will end at the end of this year. MiKTeX 2.6/2.7 will be removed from CTAN on January 1st, 2011.

So, the last possible date for updating MiKTeX 2.6/2.7 over the internet is December 31st. Users of those versions are encouraged to switch to MiKTeX 2.9 expected to be released in October 2010.

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Juli 17th, 2010 by Stefan Kottwitz

Christian Schenk has published the roadmap for MiKTeX 2.9. According to his blog the beta version of 2.9 shall appear in August and the general release of 2.9 is expected in October 2010. The new version will contain updates of pdfTeX, XeTeX, BibteX and of the editor TeXworks. LuaTeX will be introduced.

MiKTeX is a very popular LaTeX distribution running on Windows systems.

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## TeX Live 2010 pretesting

Mai 25th, 2010 by Stefan Kottwitz

Today Karl Berry announced that a pretest version of TeX Live 2010 is available now. It can be downloaded from certain repositories. The documentation has not yet been updated. The same may still apply to versions for some Unix platforms. But it’s in progress; by now you can obtain an early version of TL 2010 for testing. The TeX Live Team would be happy if you send them test reports and suggestions.

Some changes in 2010:

• When using pdfLaTeX EPS files can be automatically converted and included.
• The default PDF version for the output is now 1.5 allowing a better compression.
• Some new programs have been included: pTeX for Japanese typesetting, chktex, the dvisvgm converter, futher BibTeXU for Unicode support in BibTeX.