Ehm I think a note on the very basics could be useful here.
LaTeX (actually a macro-package for TeX) is just a typesetting engine (compare it eg. with html). It makes nothing more than taking you plain-text file and convert it to something. So basically, your setting consists of three components:
- The LaTeX-bundle (like TeX Live or MiKTeX) with the compilers eg.
- the plain-text editor of your desire and
- Display engine like Evince, Zathura, Adobe Reader, ...
That makes the basic workflow:
- Write your plain code
- Compile it (
pdflatex compiles to pdf,
latex compiles to dvi, ...)
- Watch it
Therefore you can take any editor you like. This is a highly subjective decision you have to make yourself.
Editors often taken by beginners are Texmaker, Kile or LyX. Some more advanced and highly configurable editors are Vim and Emacs.
I prefer using Vim but this would be a steep learning curve. :-)
Edit: For some literature, have a look here.