LyX, more than a TeX editor

LyX, a word processor

For Gnu / linux there are many office automation suites that help us not to depend on Microsoft Office. Very complete suites but also very heavy. This has led to fewer and fewer users using an office suite. While is true that everyone has a suite installed, especially LibreOffice.

It is also true that many users do not get to use all the applications and many even use online programs to carry out office automation tasks. This time we are going to talk about a very complete word processor that we can install on any Gnu / Linux distribution and thus free ourselves from an office suite, if we only write on the computer.This program is called LyX, a text editor that functions LaTeX. This means that it is a text editor but it also allows use mathematical formulas and various LaTeX symbols. Its operation is WYSIWYG, that is, what you see is what you get. A nothing new system that almost all text editors can offer.

But LyX goes further and with an interface similar to LibreOffice, the user can create a simple document or directly create a pdf file with the text that we have created. Unlike other word processors, LyX offers us a real-time view of the pdf document, that is, we can see any changes or the created file without having to save the pdf document.

LyX Screenshot

The LyX interface is quite complete and in a few seconds we can create any type of document, something that does not happen with the word processors of LibreOffice and Calligra, which need learning time to create texts with footnotes or texts with mathematical formulas.

LyX can be found in the official repositories of Debian, Arch Linux, Gentoo, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Mageia, PCLinuxOS and Slackbuilds, as well as in all the distributions derived from all these. What makes this word processor available to any Gnu / Linux user. Installation is easy and the program is free so there really is no excuse to try LyX and see if it is exactly what we are looking for or if we have to stick with LibreOffice Which one do you choose?


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  1.   PEDRO JAVIER MARTINEZ DIEZ said

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  2.   dannyQuest by Amigawave said

    Lyx is not WYSYWYG, it is WYSYWYM, read more from wikipedia