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comment Different package manager: Why?
@JanHlavacek MikTeX predates TeXLive for a number of years and the idea of using a package manager with precooked and prepackaged macros, fonts and whatnot originates with it. There is also WinEdt, not the first dedicated LaTeX IDE out there but certainly the first for MS Windows (the first one was Alpha as far as I recall). As you correctly point out there comes the idea of a cross-platform package manager with format-agnostic packages, which CAB is not! Else, we old UNIX hands (and Linux sucklings :-) would still be using TeTeX, NTeX or compiling web2c by hand for fun and profit.