is there a file that i could open with it or some way i can test it here?
I stand corrected. Texlive from untested does work and works well. In attempting to respond to your question, I went through the drill so I could explain it to you and realized that I had not deleted tetex. Tetex, which is in the regular repositories, apparently must be deleted before lyx, on reconfiguring (Tools>reconfigure) will recognize texlive. I am not sure, but I think that tetex must be loaded when texlive is installed and then removed after texlive is installed and before reconfiguring lyx.
I have another machine I plan on loading lyx on and will pay more attention to detail then.
Anyway, I apologize for the error. Texlive in untested works just fine.
Also, for what its worth, I downloaded lyx 2.07 from the untested repositories, and it seems to work fine too.
Finally, before installing texlive, I installed clisp from untested. Not sure whether that step was necessary or not.
Now, on to yate.