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    How do i get LaTex on my computer

    Sorry if this is a stupid question but how to i get Latex on my computer. I would like to be able to create mathematics on my computer (like on this forum) and save them as p.d.f's (or whatever) but I have no idea how to go about doing this.

    Thanks for any help
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    What is your operating system? Windows? (Which version?) Mac? Linux? Other?
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    Thanks but is there something more like whats on this forum? I use windows 7 or linux (ubuntu)?

    thanks again for any help
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    With Linux, you can typically get everything you need in your Linux distribution. For Windows, one way to get everything you need is to install the following software, in this order:

    GhostScript
    GhostView
    MiKTeX
    A Text Editor, preferably one that does LaTeX syntax highlighting. I like TextPad.

    There are some nice customizations possible like inverse search, line numbers, etc., that can save you some effort once you get going.
    Last edited by Ackbeet; February 28th 2011 at 12:15 PM. Reason: GS before GView.
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    In Ubuntu >= 10.04, you need texlive package.
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    I used Ubuntu and downloaded Kile 4.2, it was quite simple from there. Thanks for all the help
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    You're welcome for my input.
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