O'Reilly Network: Living Linux: Processing TeX and LaTeX FilesApr 23, 2000, 19:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Stutz)
"Donald Knuth, the world's foremost authority on algorithms, wrote TeX in 1984 as a way to typeset his books, because he wasn't satisfied with the quality of available systems. Since then, many extensions to the TeX formatting language have been made -- the most notable being Leslie Lamport's LaTeX, which is designed to facilitate the typesetting of structured documents. (LaTeX probably gets more day-to-day use than the plain TeX format, but in my experience, both systems are useful for different kinds of documents.)"
"While not everyone wants needs to write documents with TeX or LaTeX, these formats are widely used, especially on Linux systems. So every Linux user has the potential to encounter one of these files. This column tells you how to deal with them...."