This (tip) is for you if you are TeXing in a linux platform. You can install LaTeX, TeXMaker, and IEEEtran class files using following procedure. Thought this might be helpful.
1. First get the full texlive package:
apt-get install texlive-full
(You may need to use sudo as well)
2. Then install texmaker (it's a very nice GUI frontend for latex)
apt-get install texmaker
3. Then install the texlive-publishers package which has the IEEEtran classes. (It also has a number of other thesis/document formats too)
apt-get install texlive-publishers
Or you can combine all three steps together, but it would take a lot of time.
apt-get install texlive-full texmaker texlive-publishers
Happy TeXing :D. Ack: http://gic.gov.lk/gic/pdf/latex.txt