Am Sonntag, 19. Februar 2012, 00:45:52 schrieb Russell D Brunelle:
> I'm working on creating the "perfect" step-by-step procedure for setting
> up a Linux workstation for scientific writing, based on LyX and with an
> emphasis on selecting the best available FOSS tools for creating
> graphics and performing computations.  Whenever possible I wanted to
> select tools which are in common use, so that the skills being gained
> might have lasting value.
> Here's the draft I have so far, which builds on something I mentioned on
> this list a while ago:
> I believe a simplified guide such as this could be very helpful for
> students about to enter college to study one of the sciences, and I'm
> hoping members of this list might be able to offer suggestions for
> additional third-party tools, or enhancements to LyX, which may have
> been left out.  I don't consider myself a LyX expert, but I do believe
> there is a need for something like this, and I gave this my best shot
> in the hopes of getting the ball rolling.
> Russell

Thanks for that. A few questions:

Your point 3 re compose key refers to lyx or the PC setting? 
Is latex2rtf and rcs contained in texlife? 

I would add jabref as an alternative to Pybliographer

As a scientist I need often to extract diagrams from publications for my 
books. I scan them and use engauge to digitize the data. To plot them I 
like pyxplot on the command line which is easy to learn and use. The 
handbook is well written. However, it would be very handy to have a 
frontend program in the way lyx is for latex, i.e. some way to handle the 
plot items graphically. I do realize it is a major job...


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