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Re: [school-discuss] Re: LyX
I don't mean to be too snobbish or to start a distro war, but I have to
comment on this thread. I'm pretty amazed at all the headaches you're going
through just to install LyX (I mean, it's a popular and near-standard
package, right?!). If we were to expect a normal teacher to do this, Linux
wouldn't be used in many places.
Wouldn't it be worth it to install apt-get (or is it called apt-rpm?)
for Red Hat? It's available, and it's simpler to install than the troubles
you're going through now.
I'll be blunt; I'm partial to Debian and Debian-based distros for three
reasons: 1) Debian maintains that militant free software ethos that I find
appealing; 2) Debian has a simply massive amount of software packages for
it; and 3) its package tools -- apt-get and dpkg -- are slick and painless
Sure, some people complain about Debian's install (the next version will
fix that), but some Debian-based distros (e.g. LibraNet, Morphix, etc.) are
just as easy to install as Red Hat.
This is what I'd do to install LyX the hard way (from the command line)
[~] # apt-get install lyx
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
libaiksaurus-data libaiksaurus0c102 libforms1 libtiff-tools lyx-xforms
lyx-qt sgmltools-lite linuxdoc-tools tex4ht hevea tth gnuhtml2latex wv
The following NEW packages will be installed:
libaiksaurus-data libaiksaurus0c102 libforms1 libtiff-tools lyx lyx-xforms
0 upgraded, 6 newly installed, 0 to remove and 28 not upgraded.
Need to get 2259kB of archives.
After unpacking 5612kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n]
and of course I'd have to smack ENTER.
Again, I apologize if this sounds nasty. Perhaps if someone has never
used Debian nor its 10000+ software packages and *.deb packaging system,
it'll generate some interest.
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