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Announcements Special 35th Anniversary Physics Computing
The latest LATEX
Michel Goossens , IT/API
The latest official version of TEX at CERN was installed in June 1999, i.e., more than two years ago.
Recently I made available an alpha release of TeXlive 6 (June 2001) on AFS, so that more recent versions of LATEX and its packages can be used.
To have access to this release, just add the directory
/afs/cern.ch/sw/TeXlive/6alpha/bin/i386-linuxfor Linux, or
/afs/cern.ch/sw/TeXlive/6alpha/bin/sparc-solaris2.7for Solaris to your PATH variable.
One interesting characteristic of this release is that LATEX is compiled in its huge variant and comes with the hyphenation patterns of over twenty languages preloaded, so that, after choosing the relevant language (e.g., with the babel system) you can typeset text in that language.
> PATH=/afs/cern.ch/sw/TeXlive/6alpha/bin/i386-linux:$PATH > export PATH > latex This is TeX, Version 3.14159 (Web2C 184.108.40.206) **\relax LaTeX2e <2000/06/01> Loading CZ hyphenation patterns: Pavel Sevecek, v3, 1995 Loading SK hyphenation patterns: Jana Chlebikova, 1992 Babel <v3.7h> and hyphenation patterns for english, dumylang, nohyphenation, czech, slovak, german, ngerman, danish, spanish, catalan, finnish, french, ukenglish, greek, croatian, hungarian, italian, latin, mongolian, dutch, norwegian, polish, portuguese, russian, ukrainian, serbocroat, swedish, loaded.
Once this release consolidates it will be made available on Linux, Solaris, and Windows 2000 in a more standard way. The other Unix platforms being frozen they will not be upgraded and will stay with the release of June 1999.
About the author(s): Michel Goossens is a CERN authority on LATEX, XML and Electronic Document Publishing techniques in general. He has written several articles and books on the subject.