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How do packages work ? Why aren't they all pre-initiated?

I have been using LaTeX for about a month now and whenever I have a question, most answers involve adding new packages to the preamble. My question is, how do these packages work? Are they all ...
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2answers
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.sty suffix (extension) for LaTeX packages

I understand that the suffix .cls stands for classes. Then, why packages don't have the suffix .pkg, but rather have .sty?
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How to tell people why packages become deprecated and shouldn't be used anymore?

I'm working with LaTeX for a while now. Writing more and more documents I've learned that there are packages that should not be used or got replaced by others. Looking into files my friends or ...
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1answer
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XeLaTeX logo with pdfLaTeX? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to write (La)TeX (with braces) [or any other TeX-related logo] I try to typeset the XeLaTeX logo in a document that has to be run through pdfLaTeX (for a journal). ...
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4answers
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Why is LaTeX separated into many thousands of packages?

This question might belong elsewhere but I figured if I posted it here I might come across someone that deals behind the scenes of LaTeX. I'm an assistant Linux Admin at my school and we install LaTeX ...
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2answers
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ConTeXt using LaTeX style files

I've just discovered ConTeXt for the first time, and it looks pretty sweet. However, it is near-useless to me if I cannot use LaTeX style files for formatting (i.e. for journal/conference papers). ...
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Bundle packages with a document

I'd like to have my LaTeX document be self-contained, that is, if I move to another computer I'd like all of my non-standard packages to work without first installing them. For simple enough packages ...