LyX Documentation Resources
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Reference Location LyX LaTeX Details
/usr/share/lyx/doc/Intro.lyx Newbie n/a Broad and shallow overview of LyX
/usr/share/lyx/doc/Tutorial.lyx Newbie n/a 2 hour tutorial will answer many of your questions. Best 2 hours you can spend.
(Help->User's Guide)
/usr/share/lyx/doc/UserGuide.lyx Newbie
n/a Detailed overview of LyX, its environment, its capabilities
(Help->Extended Features)
/usr/share/lyx/doc/Extended.lyx Apprentice n/a Lesser used LyX features, tips and tricks. Reading this doc early can save a fortune in headscratching time later.
/usr/share/lyx/doc/Customization.lyx Apprentice n/a How to customize your LyX environment, as well as incorporating third party improvements such as New Document Classes, Layouts, and Templates.
(Help->Reference Manual)
/usr/share/lyx/doc/Reference.lyx Apprentice n/a Complete list of LyX functions, and how to bind them to menus, buttonbars, etc.
/usr/share/lyx/doc/FAQ.lyx Newbie n/a Easy FAQ answers many newbie questions
(Help->Known Bugs)
/usr/share/lyx/doc/BUGS.lyx Apprentice n/a List of known bugs. 
LyX Quickstart Newbie
Soup to nuts LyX familiarization tool
Writing Self-Published
Books with Lyx Newbie
Newbie to expert LyX book writing tutorial
Using LyX For DTP
Kathryn Andersen's excellent solutions to real life LyX problems, including .cls files and lots of problem-solving LaTeX
latex2e.dvi /usr/share/texmf/doc/latex/general/latex2e.dvi n/a Apprentice
This is your best general purpose LaTeX reference. 60 pages of details on LaTeX commands, but not much explanation. This is a reference for experts, not a learning tool. But if you're patient in your experimentation, you can learn from it. Be aware that the table of contents is at the end, so to look up a command go to the table of contents at the end.
essential.dvi /usr/share/texmf/doc/latex/general/essential.dvi n/a Apprentice This is a must read LaTeX explanation suitable for an apprentice level user. If you find yourself having misunderstandings about LaTeX, reread this document.
guide.dvi /usr/share/texmf/doc/latex/general/guide.dvi n/a Apprentice
Billed as "A LaTeX survival guide for UNIX systems", this doc is mostly redundant. 
lshort.dvi /usr/share/texmf/doc/latex/general/lshort.dvi n/a Apprentice
The title is "The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX2e or LaTeX2e in 87 minutes". This is a sort of advanced LaTeX textbook that's best read on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Read it when you get to the point where you're making your own environments and you don't really understand what you're doing. Reread this doc from time to time. The more expert you become, the more valuable you'll find this document.
fancyhdr.dvi /usr/share/texmf/doc/latex/fancyhdr/fancyhdr.dvi n/a Apprentice
Almost everything you could ever want to know about customizing headers and footers, well explained and well organized. A must read!
/usr/share/texmf/doc/latex/* n/a Apprentice
This tree contains documentation for most document classes and packages. It's a wishing well. Want to make slides? See the pdfslide and seminar subdirectories. Want to print a booklet stapled in the middle? See the booklet subdirectory. Want to typeset computer programs? See the program subdirectory. Be sure to look in the styles subdirectory for information on floats, fancybox, lastpage, soul (better underlining), and much, much more.
LyX Tricks and Tips Advanced Advanced Tons of tricks and sample code from Herbert Voss, one of the premier authorities on LyX. Contains answers for many or most of the questions you might have.

But it's not as organized as one would hope, and it's mostly LaTeX with little info on how to integrate with LyX. I treat this site as a reference for experts.

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Newbie Advanced Great resource for newbie questions and advanced questions, but sometimes misses the mark with intermediate questions.
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