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How to mirror TeX Live?

I have a local network with many clients using (La)TeX. Mirroring TeX Live distribution in my server will save time and bandwidth. We are Windows users who are not familiar with RSYNC. I have read the ...
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TeX Distribution and Engine

While reading about LaTeX in wikibooks, I stumbled across the terms TeX engine and distribution. One earlier post said the TeX engines are Knuth's TeX, e-TeX, pdfTeX, XeTeX, LuaTeX. And read that ...
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What are the advantages of TeX Live over MiKTeX?

I have been using MiKTeX for a couple of years. I don't know whether it is "wise" to insist on using it. Could you give me a list of advantages of TeX Live over MiKTeX?
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Which LaTeX to install on Linux?

Which LaTeX distribution would you recommend for using on Linux from command line? I am looking for one with most complete coverage of packages.
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Which LaTeX distribution should I use on OSX?

Which LaTeX installation would you recommend using on OSX? Ideally I'd want the installation to contain as many packages as possible as I'll be using my Macbook offline mostly.
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TeX system for Windows server

I'm trying to find a TeX system for the following Windows version: Windows Server Datacenter Copyright 2007 Microsoft Corperation Service Pack 2 I tried with MiKTeX but seems it is ...
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Portable minimal distribution

Are there any portable minimal latex/xelatex distributions? I know of MikTeX portable, but at 130MBs it is far from minimal. Alternatively, can I easily make my own distribution? What I would like to ...
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How to figure out which distribution a package is in?

I just installed TeX Live on my Mac with Macports. I wanted to use the enumitem package and was told that LaTeX couldn't find the file when I tried to compile. I installed the texlive-basic ...
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Is there a way to detect from inside a package that MiKTeX is used?

Is there a way to detect that the MiKTeX TeX LaTeX executable is used? Something like \ifmiktex or even \IfFileExists{<some file only present in MiKTeX>}{}{}? The reason is that in one of my ...
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In LaTeX distribution, which files are the mandatory files to compile a minimal LaTeX input file?

Assume I want to create an application working together with LaTeX compiler behind the scene. For the sake of simplicity, assume I also use minimal document class and no package imported. At the ...
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Is there a (La)TeX distribution running on iPad?

Is there a (La)TeX distribution running on iPad?
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LaTeX for netbook OSes

I'm considering buying a netbook for the express purpose of writing maths notes/articles (so as to not heft my Macbook around), hence (La)TeX is a must. The most obvious choice is to work with Linux, ...
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What is the minimum distribution for LaTeX

I am using LaTeX to document a system I am developing. The system is itself a development environment which will be generating documentation. What is the minimum distribution I need to include in my ...
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LaTeX - Portable Editing Environment

I have a TeX document which I want to edit and make sure it's rendered correctly. Which means I need an Editor with Preview window. I searched over the Internet. There's too much info and I can't get ...
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Protext 64-bit executables for Windows

I'm on Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit. Are there 64-bit executables for Windows? I'm using the proTeXt TeX distribution: http://www.tug.org/protext/
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Is there a common set of packages that is available in every distribution?

Or at least in most distributions...
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Why is the MacTeX distribution so large? Is there anything smaller for OS X?

I would like to know how to install LaTeX on Mac 10.6 or higher. But the MacTeX is some 1.28 GB file! Is there a smaller distribution I could install? What exactly is TeX Live?
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What do I need in order to use TeX on Windows as an eventual replacement for Word?

What do I need in order to use TeX on Windows as an eventual replacement for Word? What software is available for Windows for WYSIWYG editing of TeX files?