[texhax] laTEX inquiry

Thomas Schneider schneidt at mail.nih.gov
Thu Dec 27 06:25:32 CET 2012


> Hi,
>  I am attempting to write my first paper using LATEX (on ubuntu), but I
> have no clue what I am doing!
> First, how do I know if I successfully downloaded laTEX?
> Secondly, do i need a compiler or something?
> I only know how to use open office as a text document, how , or can I
> open upa new window to enter latex code in?
> Any and all help is needed!
> Thank you,
> Ramal Lamar

I suspect you found my web page
(http://alum.mit.edu/www/toms/latex.html) which contains a lot of
infomration about using LaTeX - and it can be overwhelming.

The best source for all things tex is:

The TeX Users Group web site

You should be able to download LaTeX from there.

However, I suspect that Ubuntu may already have LaTex.  If not,
latex on ubuntu
picks up a bunch of pages.

I'm ccing this to TeXHaX which is a news group with experts who can
help you more than I.

Good luck and have fun!


  Thomas D. Schneider, Ph.D.
  Senior Investigator
  National Institutes of Health
  National Cancer Institute
  Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
  Gene Regulation and Chromosome Biology Laboratory
  Molecular Information Theory Group
  Frederick, Maryland  21702-1201
  schneidt at mail.nih.gov

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