The Base System of TeXLive

After installing texlive and the package texlive-latex, find a large
selection of documentation for TeX, LaTeX, and various layout styles in
/usr/share/texmf/doc.

TeX (pronounced tech) is an interpreter for text formatting and was
developed by Donald E. Knuth. It works with control and macro commands
on a text file. Working with TeX is similar to typesetting methods.
LaTeX is a complex macro package that removes the cryptical TeX
interface and does most of the work for the user.

TeX uses special fonts produced by the MetaFont program. Various
printer drivers and an X11 viewer are also included in this package.
The teTeX package is based on the standard TeX package of Karl Berry,
which makes configuration much easier. It is also possible to use
PostScript fonts. A real PostScript printer is required, however. If
the ghostscript (gs) package is installed, all drivers for printing and
viewing can use these fonts. Note, however, that the fonts included in
the ghostscript package are not identical to Adobe's PostScript fonts.
The copyright prohibits us to include them on the CD.

Besides these features, the programs MakeIndex (for producing indexes)
and BibTeX (for literature data processing) exist.

The texlive package includes a full texmf tree, many programs like tex,
dvips, etc., shell script configuration, and a big collection of
documentations. This package is simply configured by the script
texconfig and has multilanguage options.

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