TeX is freely redistributable. You can obtain TeX for Unix systems via anonymous ftp or on physical media. The core material consists of the Web2c TeX distribution (http://tug.org/web2c).
Instructions for retrieval by anonymous ftp and information on other available distributions:
The Free Software Foundation provides a core distribution on its Source Code CD-ROM suitable for printing Texinfo manuals. To order it, contact:
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Many other TeX distributions are available; see http://tug.org/.