[tex-live] porting a TeXLive-Installation to another PC

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Tue Nov 25 15:49:18 CET 2008

On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 8:38 PM, Reinhard Kotucha
<reinhard.kotucha at web.de> wrote:

> Siep Kroonenberg writes:

> There is a lot of stuff in TeX Live which is not needed in this
> particular case: Support for exotic languages, cm-super, and so on.  I
> also think that if LaTeX is learned at school, none of the pupils will
> investigate Context.

The hope is that students will continue to use (La)TeX after the
course ends, so while a current and complete version may not
be necessary to the course, it is important that the students be
in a position to add packages install updates.  This is particularly
true if the course uses a stripped down configuration -- once
students learn some basic LaTeX the keen ones will want to try
new things.  I find there are 3 stages:

1.  new user -- sticks with basic latex from Lamport's book.
If the experience is good, the new user becomes a
2.  recent convert --  tries out dozens of packages whose
names are found in TLC or web sites.   If the experience
is good, the convert becomes an
3.  average user -- Lamport plus under a dozen packages,
often determined by some journal's style or suggestions
from colleagues.

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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