You can run LATEX on any Athena-ized workstation. Instructions for setting up your environment and running LATEX on these platforms are given in section 4 of this document. To get more information on using other software available on the Athena workstations, see the Getting Started on Athena document available from MIT Copy Tech, and the Inessential Guide to Athena available from the SIPB office (W20-557).
Versions of LATEX can be obtained many other types of machines. However, many LATEX distributions for popular platforms are commercial packages, and their features and usage may differ. Hopefully, your LATEX package will come with some instructions for setting it up and running it.
The version of LATEX described in this document is version
LATEX2e, which is the version currently supported by Athena and
SIPB. Version 2.09 is still available in the
newtex locker under the name
latex209. Section 11 of this
document describes the differences between the two versions.