Here are instructions for ConTeXt installation on Ubuntu and its derivatives [K/X/L]ubuntu.
With Ubuntu packages – should work with Ubuntu 7.10 and above
TeX Live and ConTeXt have been part of Ubuntu's main repositories since Ubuntu 7.10, so you can simply
apt-get install context
to install ConTeXt and its dependencies.
The dependencies pull in various PDF utilities which you will probably find useful, including
If you would like to use the TeXworks GUI-based TeX editing environment usually included with TeX Live CDs, it is available via
apt-get install texworks
and will appear under Applications, Science & Math.
Note that Ubuntu's packaged version of ConTeXt is quite old (circa 2009), so a better option for advanced users is...
With ConTeXt Standalone – should work with all Ubuntu versions
Example of setting up ConTeXt Standalone:
sudo mkdir /usr/local/context sudo chown yourusername /usr/local/context cd /usr/local/context wget http://minimals.contextgarden.net/setup/first-setup.sh sh first-setup.sh vi ~/.bashrc
Add these three lines:
export OSFONTDIR=~/.fonts:/usr/share/fonts export TEXROOT=/usr/local/context/tex export PATH=/usr/local/context/tex/texmf-linux/bin:/usr/local/context/bin:$PATH
Note that the order of items in the PATH is significant. If you put /usr/local/context/bin in the path first, you will get an error at run time.
Also, remember that you have to source ~/.bashrc after changing it, in order to have the changes take effect in your current shell. (Either that, or start a new shell.)
Installing third party modules in ConTeXt Standalone
See here: Installing third party modules
Updating ConTeXt Standalone
The update procedure is similar to the normal procedure. If you installed the ConTeXt Standalone with the commands from above, you can update to a new (beta) version like this:
cd /usr/local/context wget http://minimals.contextgarden.net/setup/first-setup.sh ./firstsetup.sh --keep