What is LyX?
"LyX is a document processor that encourages an approach to writing based on the structure of your documents (WYSIWYM) and not simply their appearance (WYSIWYG) (lyx.org/)."
"LyX is released under a Free Software/Open Source license, runs on Linux/Unix, Windows, and Mac OS X, and is available in several languages (lyx.org)."
It uses LaTeX a powerful document markup language that can handle loads of chapter sections, bibliography entries and generate completed pages of works cited and tables of contents.
LaTeX is also great for writing math equations into documents so that they look like they are supposed to. An equation for surface temperature looks like
instead of T=((1-α)S)/(4εσ))^(1/4).
I first heard of LyX from a friend who recommended LaTeX because he has received extra marks on papers in high school just from the formatting and structure looking so great.
I downloaded it almost a year ago and never gave the software the patience it takes to learn a new way of document creation.
Recent use of Google Docs and its support for LaTeX math equations, I finally decided to learn more about document processing through LyX .
LyX has great tutorials in the help section of the software.
If you want to learn how to do something in LyX, there are plenty of useful website so just Google it!
I look forward to writing my master thesis using LyX!!!