I wrote my monograph using docbook (XML) with “vi” editor, DSSSL for stylesheets and openjade + OpenSP tools for printing. The first page was made in openoffice, and joinPDF was used to assemble the whole work. I’m running a solaris 9 x86 operating system, with gnome 2.8.0 Desktop environment and Enlightenment as window manager.
Take a look!