Hey, I'm soon to graduate with a degree in mathematics, and I'm preparing for graduate material that's soon to come..
As any of you know who do mathematics or science, you can't just open a book and read it and hope to learn anything.. you have to have something nearby to take notes, and follow the presentation, and attempt exercises (depending on how sadistic the author is 'this fact is trivial and is left as an exercise..' etc etc)
When I'm on my laptop (windows) I use scientific notebook for this purpose, it's fantastic in that you can produce a minimally formatted document and just worry about the note taking.. producing mathematics symbols follows from a very simple and intuitive set of shortcuts (from which you can define your own if you want), and all of the most basic formatting you could want just for readability later is accessible by very simple keyboard shortcuts..
The idea is that I have something to just slap down basic ideas as I'm reading a text, then later if I want to make them presentable I LaTeX them.
I haven't been able to find a linux variant of something that follows this idea though! I know there are a lot of great LaTeX front ends, but those are for producing a seriously formatted document (and I prefer to write the LaTeX myself).. worrying about that level of formatting is a huge distraction from studying for me. Unfortunately scientific notebook has not been able to work with wine yet, so other than that I'm not really sure what's available (I've searched this forum, sourceforge, and a few links provided on this forum, also)
Anyone have any ideas?