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LaTeX Resource Page

LaTeX is the tool for scientific writing. If you want to learn more about (dis)advantages of LaTeX, read Word Processors: Stupid and Inefficient by Allin Cottrell. Also look at The beauty of LaTeX by Dario Taraborelli.


Downloadable LaTeX Distributions

Although there are a number of LaTeX distributions available for the various platforms, the follow LaTeX distributions are considered dominant.

Windows Platforms

Mac Platforms

UNIX/Linux Platforms

  • All complete Linux distributions include LaTeX, typically the “texlive” version. Use the package manager of your distribution to search for “latex” and install the packages.


There are a large number of editors available that perform syntax highlighting or that are tailored specifically for LaTeX. Do a Google search or examine the selected ones on the local FTP site.


Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions available for Windows, please select the one appropriate for your platform.

Additional Styles