The Surfer's Guide to Free Software

LaTeX
is a high-quality typesetting system used for creating most scientific documents worldwide. In order to start using LaTeX you will need to install one of the LaTeX distributions available, as well as a text editor of your choice (the ones presented on this page are especially useful for editing LaTeX).

Distributions:

There are several LaTeX distributions available, for example MikTeX (www.miktex.org), if you're using Windows, MacTeX (www.tug.org/mactex) if you're working on Mac OS X, or TeX Live (www.tug.org/texlive) if you're using Linux. Further information on LaTeX and its distributions can be found at www.latex-project.org.

Editors:

  • Texmaker: Texmaker is a free LaTeX editor, that integrates many tools needed to develop documents with LaTeX, in just one application. Texmaker runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
  • Kile: Kile is a feature-rich integrated development environment (IDE) for developing LaTeX-documents in Linux. Some of its features are auto-completion of (La)TeX commands, templates and wizards for starting a new document, a flexible and smart build system to compile your LaTeX documents, etc.
Here are the links for downloading the programs introduced above:
www.xm1math.net/texmaker/
http://kile.sourceforge.net/

...and some screenshots showing (from left to right) Texmaker and Kile:
texmaker-screenshot kile-screenshot


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