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I noticed that the formerly commercial Y&Y TeX is available under http://tug.org/yandy/. My question is: compared with a modern MikTeX or TeX Live is there any feature in Y&Y TeX that could be interesting?

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It has no pdftex, no e-TeX, no XeTeX, no LuaTeX. It possibly has a good DVI previewer. Surely I'm not going to buy Windows in order to test it. ;-) – egreg Jul 28 '14 at 16:16
You can use any type 1 font. However, that's nowadays not really a sensation ... – Herbert Jul 28 '14 at 17:31
From the link you shown: ... Y&Y, Inc. closed in 2004 ... Are you really not afraid of the dead? ;-) – user59843 Jul 29 '14 at 12:57
TeX was "closed" in the 80s of last century ... – Herbert Jul 29 '14 at 13:08
Well the own page of Y&Y says it's closed but if there are volunteers for update it maybe it can be functional yet. But if it could be interesting is very subjective, for some people could be, for other not. Perhaps you could find it interesting, you could try. – Aradnix Aug 16 '14 at 7:04

As far as I can see, development of Y&Y TeX stopped more than a decade ago. The suite doesn't provide any of the recent additions to TeX: there's no pdftex, no e-TeX support, no XeTeX, no LuaTeX.

Maybe the DVI driver to Postscript is better than dvips, but who needs it nowadays?

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