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You can download updates to packages you already have (both the ones that were installed along with your version of La Te X as well as ones you added).
There is no limit to the number of packages you can have installed on your computer (apart from disk space!
Most La Te X installations come with a large set of pre-installed style packages, so you can use the package manager of the Te X distribution or the one on your system to manage them. Once you have identified a package you need that is not in your distribution, use the indexes on any CTAN server to find the package you need and the directory where it can be downloaded from. If on an operating system with a package manager or a portage tree, you can often find packages in repositories.
With Mik Te X there is a package manager that allows you to pick the package you want individually.
La Te X is not a program by itself; it is a language. Acquiring them manually would result in downloading and installing multiple programs in order to have a suitable computer system that can be used to create La Te X output, such as PDFs.
Te X Distributions help the user in this way, in that it is a single step installation process that provides (almost) everything.
If this is the first time you are trying out La Te X, you don't even need to install anything.
When you later feel that you would benefit from having a standalone La Te X installation, you can return to this chapter and follow the instructions below.
), but there is a configurable limit to the number that can be used inside any one La Te X document at the same time, although it depends on how big each package is.
In practice there is no problem in having even a couple of dozen packages active. The main place to look for style packages on the Internet is CTAN.
just miktex keeps the stuff (files and ".tpm") inside the same
-- Robin ( Fairbairns, Cambridge Updating La Te X packages under Linux Dear All I have just installed Linux (Mandrake 9.2) on my computer and I am used to Mik Te X on MS Windows.