RE: Follow-up to Linux experimentation thread

Subject: RE: Follow-up to Linux experimentation thread
From: "Gilger.John" <JGilger -at- acresgaming -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2001 11:29:27 -0800

TJ wrote: "... I've vowed that I will switch to Linux
completely (at home anyway) as soon as I believe that
I can meet all my computing needs with it.

So far, it looks like there's software for every
purpose--except desktop publishing. anybody hear of
anything good yet?"

TeX and LaTeX ( are included in Linux.

TeX is far more powerful than most people realize. (LaTeX is essentially
a collection of macros for TeX.) It is arguably the best computer
typsetting software available. It is the tool of choice for scientific
papers that include mathematical equations and other "non-stardard"

Since TeX and LaTeX do not use a GUI, many people don't take the time to
learn them. This is unfortunate because they are not that hard to use.
However, there is a graphical "word processor" program for TeX/LaTeX
called "LyX" ( that is available. I haven't tried it


John Gilger
Senior Technical Writer
Acres Gaming, Inc.


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