One of the strengths of Ubuntu and other Linux distributions is their software repositories which contains a wast number of diverse applications. This makes installing and updating applications very easy for the user. However, this is also one of the challenges from the provider of the Linux distribution because these repositories need to be kept up-to-date.
I have for a long time been using LaTeX on Ubuntu without any particular problems. However, I ran into a problem with the hyperref package. The problem was a bug which was fixed but not included in the version available through Ubuntu’s repositories.
When I recently reinstalled Ubuntu I decided to install the most recent version of TeX Live manually. This was very easy. Just download the most recent release, extract it, and follow these instructions for installing it. There you go.
I have previously written about how I set up a LaTeX template by using Eclipse and Texlipse. To activate the TeX Live binaries in Eclipse you must select the properties for one of your projects, select “Latex Project Properties”, and “Setup build tools”.
Next, you have to find the TeX Live binary folder (default: /usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/[Platform]) and press apply.