A summary of the general aims of the TUG organization (complete bylaws):
- To encourage and expand the use of TeX, LaTeX, Metafont and related
- To ensure the integrity and portability of TeX, LaTeX, Metafont and
- To foster innovation in high-quality electronic document preparation.
The most important reason to join TUG is to
support these goals. Thus, by joining TUG you will help to maintain and
improve the services supported by TUG that all (La)TeX users implicitly
rely on, and that are necessary to provide a satisfying experience to
all members of the community. Your membership fee will be used to
support CTAN, TeX distributions, projects and programs, and other
endeavors that benefit the community and are essential to maintain the
usability of the system.
The major projects related to these goals
are listed below. A summary of current TUG
activities is also available.
All TUG memberships are for a calendar year. Thus, it does not
matter when you join or renew during the year: all benefits are shipped
physically or available electronically to all members for a given
calendar year. Physical benefits from previous years are also available.
When you join, you receive these benefits, all of which are
- TUGboat: A one year subscription to
the journal TUGboat, The Communications of the TeX Users Group,
containing tutorials, announcements, and plenty of articles.
Beginning with the 2003 membership year, there will be three issues of
TUGboat (or comparable publications) per year. Back issues are
available through the TUG store. Technical
articles in the current issue are accessible
online to members only.
- TeX Collection software:
ready-to-run TeX systems for most Unix variants, MacOSX, Windows, and
an extensive set of fonts and macros. The TeX collection includes:
- CTAN: the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network, the
central repository for TeX packages and programs. TeX user groups
help sponsor the primary nodes of CTAN, which accept uploads,
distribute the contents to many mirrors, and generally manage the
- TeX worldwide: When you belong
to TUG you connect with other TeX user
associations around the world. Reciprocal membership arrangements
are currently available with many other user groups; see the membership information page for the list. Join
the group of your choice and select their option for joint membership
- Books: TUG has published three books.
Members get a discounted price on the physical books when buying
from TUG (they are also available in most online bookstores); and the
full-text electronic PDF for the latter two is available at no cost to
One other discount is available to anyone, not just TUG members:
when buying books published by Addison-Wesley (or other Pearson
imprints) through our TeX books page, you get a
30% discount and free shipping (within the USA).
The software distributions are produced entirely by volunteers, so
the exact contents and timing of releases can and do vary from year to
Additional TUG activities
Members also support these TUG activities and initiatives:
- TeXnical conferences: TUG's annual
conference, and other sponsored conferences, bring TeX users together in
a friendly setting to learn practical techniques, helpful hints, and the
latest news in the TeX world through workshops, talks and informal
gatherings. They offer an opportunity to connect with other TeX users
at every level.
- Mailing lists: TUG hosts
many electronic mailing lists on a wide variety of topics, including a
general TeX help list, for
the benefit of the TeX community.
- Project donations: administrative
the TUG Bursary Fund -
TeX Development Fund -
GUST e-foundry -
LaTeX Project -
PDF Accessibility Fund. TUG does not
charge any overhead to handle these donations.
- TeXnical working groups: support for
working groups on education,
PDF Accessibility, and more.
- TeX Consultants: listing
of TeX consultants and companies, for TeX users seeking professional
- Local Area Gatherings: listing and
encouragement of smaller, more informal groups of TeX users wherever
Ideas for additional benefits and initiatives TUG might undertake
would be very welcome. Just contact
us. Thanks for your support.
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