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If you're running Debian, just type:
apt-get install lyx
This will install the packages
The official LyX Debian package group wiki site is here: http://wiki.debian.org/PkgLyx - the package is up for adoption and requires some helping hands.
Small or all inclusive installation?
If you'd like to get a small installation only with the bare minimum of packages you should try to install LyX with
This will only install LyX with it's bare minimal requirements.
If you'd like to get most out of LyX you should take a look at the packages listed in the 'Recommends and 'Suggests' stanza of the Debian package with
and maybe install one or more of them along with LyX. The long description of the package includes a short description of the suggested tools.
To convert your documents to HTML you can install a specific package called eLyXer:
And then reconfigure LyX. Two new options should appear: View -> HTML and File -> Export -> HTML. eLyXer is an independently-developed package, and reports, suggestions, etcetera should go to its own mailing list.
There are other packages that provide similar functionality, but they are not LyX-specific and the conversion process goes through LaTeX.
Build your own LyX
Build dependencies do not change that quickly, so you will meet most (or all) of them with
Configure, Make, Install