The best kit "LaTeX + GUI shell" for Linux is, undoubtedly, Kile (KDE Integrated LaTeX Environment). It is a wonderful work, in the very commendable spirit of the free/open software. The best kit "(La)TeX + GUI shell" for Window$ is, undoubtedly, MiKTeX + WinEdt. This (La)TeX is well-known for the robustness.
Also, do download the PSTricks package to unleash the power of building, inside the LaTeX environment, PS-quality figures and coloring, inter alia:  


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