Tue Sep 14 12:02:14 PDT 2010

TeX Live 2010 Released and HMC Math Plans for TeX

TeX Live 2010 has just been released and is now available from a CTAN mirror near you.

TeX Live 2010 is available for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. Mac OS X users might prefer to install MacTeX 2010, which includes the TeXShop editor and some other useful utilities and tools (but uses the TeX Live code under the hood).

Note that with the release, updates have begun again, and there are some issues that have been reported with the current state of TeX Live packages; if you're currently working on a project you should probably wait to install TeX Live 2010 or, if you install it, be sure that you have another, known stable, TeX system that you can revert to if you run into problems.

If you were running the TeX Live 2010 pretest, you can update the code to the latest version and get future updates by adjusting the repository used by tlmgr. The generic command is

tlmgr option repository http://mirror.ctan.org/systems/texlive/tlnet

although if you're at the Claremont Colleges, we'd recommend that you set

tlmgr option repository http://mirror.hmc.edu/ctan/systems/texlive/tlnet

to use our local CTAN mirror.

HMC Math Plans

I am continuing to run the latest version of TeX Live 2010 on my personal machine, and will be keeping an eye on its stability. Once it's stable enough for me to feel confident about rolling it out across our systems, I will switch the default TeX system on our Linux machines to TeX Live 2010, and will roll out new MacTeX packages for desktop Macs.

If you're interested in testing things for yourself, I will be maintaining a current TeX Live 2010 installation in /shared/local/texlive/2010. If you want to try it for yourself, you can modify your PATH to point to

ponder /shared/local/texlive/2010/bin/i386-linux/
Other Linux /shared/local/texlive/2010/bin/x86_64-linux/
Mac OS X /shared/local/texlive/2010/bin/universal-darwin/

(Although there is a /shared/local/texlive/2010/bin/x86_64-darwin/, I'm not sure it has everything you're likely to need, so using the Universal binaries is better.)


I still haven't had a chance to evaluate TeX Live 2010 on Windows, so our recommendation for Windows users is to stick with MikTeX installed through ProTeXt.

Posted by Claire Connelly | Permalink