LaTeX Environments for Windows, Mac, and Linux


As I was recently asked, here is what I typically install for people looking for a reasonable LaTeX environment in Windows:

Another Open Source option for a cross-platform LaTeX IDE is Texmaker. It’s smaller but doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as TeXnicCenter.


On Linux, Kile seems to be the LaTeX IDE of choice.  I’m a LaTeX wimp, so I use LyX and TexMacs.  The following gives you a fairly complete LaTeX environment in Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get update && sudo aptitude install texlive-base \
lyx kile texmacs texlive-bibtex-extra texlive-binaries \
texlive-common texlive-doc-base texlive-extra-utils \
texlive-fonts-recommend texlive-formats-extra \
texlive-generic-extra texlive-generic-recommended \
texlive-latex-base texlive-latex-recommended \
texlive-plain-extra texlive-pstricks texlive-math-extra


On the Mac, start with the absolutely huge MacTeX distribution.  It includes pretty much everything you’ll need.

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