I have recently switched to using Linux (Ubuntu 12.04) and I need to install a LaTeX distribution and editor. I'm reasonably experienced with LaTeX on Win7, so is there an easy way to get LaTeX up and running?
It's probably best to download an
Just ensure that you have the
Then create a mount point:
Change the current directory, mount the
This opens up a nice GUI. You can to decide what to install in
After installation, close the terminal and open a new terminal:
Check if everything is OK:
Try processing a .tex file and preview a PostScript file.
You can also make a .pdf file:
If you want to modify settings or get more packages, do this in TeX Live Manager 2013:
To install a LaTeX editor, (e.g. TeX Studio), download the relevant
You may need to install
Just install the relevant packages from the repositories:
That will get you a basic LaTeX system. For a more complete installation with more packages and fonts, use this:
Three ways to go:
You can also use Kile - an Integrated LaTeX Environment.
You can easily install it from ubuntu software center.
The most recent version of TeX Live packaged for Ubuntu 12.04 is 2012, which is available from the TeX Live back-ports PPA. It is relatively easy to install from the terminal, start by removing any absolute packages that may be installed:
Then add the PPA and update:
This will install the most common modules. If you come to need more specific modules then you will have to install the "extra" package (which at the last check was almost 1 Gb):
For someone coming from Windows I would recommend TexMaker as GUI (available from the Software Centre). This is what we feed to students and they manage mostly well with it.
Has the advantage that it just installs everything in one quick command. Some may argue this is bad practice / a waste of hard disk space - but I use ubuntu because it's quick and (usually) works, not because it saves me a few hundred megabytes of disk space over other linux distros...