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An important notice to all LaTeX users
Rensselaer's current LaTeX thesis style sheets, templates, and macros were last updated for TeXLive 2007 and do not necessarily work for more recent versions of TeXLive. Regrettably, the person who developed, tested, and maintained these TeX templates has since retired.
Students may still download TexLive for free and use the software under the Linux, Windows, or Macintosh operating systems. However, there is no consulting support available for this application.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause.
You can install TeX/LaTeX on just about any platform. The TeX Users Group (TUG) provides TeXLive, a comprehensive TeX system with binaries for Windows and most flavors of Unix, including GNU/Linux. TeXLive also includes the popular MacTeX distribution and ProTeXt, an alternative Windows implementation based on MikTeX (see below). TeXLive is distributed each year on DVD and CD by the TeX Users Group to its members. For more information on TeXLive, see http://tug.org/texlive/.
Note that in addition to the TeX/LaTeX distribution, you will need an editor/shell. The sections below mention recommended editors for each platform.
The highly recommended MacTeX distribution is a complete, easy-to-install TeX distribution for Mac OS X that requires Mac OS 10.3 or higher. It includes an excellent editor/shell called TeXShop. Information and installation instructions are at http://tug.org/mactex/. MacTeX is also included in recent TeXLive distributions.
Linux and other UNIX-like systems usually have TeX/LaTeX as an installation option, so you may already have it installed. To check if it’s on your system, just type latex at a command prompt. If it’s not there, you may be able to install it easily using your system administration package management tool. Another excellent option is TeXLive, which is likely to be more up-to-date than the version that came with your system. Be aware that the TeXLive download is very large. You may prefer to join TUG (http://tug.org/join.html) and receive it on DVD and CD. You can use any plain text editor on UNIX, although Emacs is usually recommended.
Last modified: September 14, 2012
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