Thanks Mark for the great break down. Much appreciated. Thanks to everyone
else for the great amount of material to think about.

Cheers.



Sincerely Rory Geoghegan

On 19 Feb. 2018 20:36, "Mark Trickett via luv-main" <luv-main@luv.asn.au>
wrote:

> Hello rory,
>
> On 2/18/18, Rory Geoghegan via luv-main <luv-main@luv.asn.au> wrote:
> > Thanks everyone for the advice,
> >
> > @ Mark, I've got a process for him that we are soon to execute, the last
> > thing I had to work out is which OS is the  most suitable. I will mention
> > Debian to him and see what he says.
>
> All computers need a system administrator. You and he need to both
> learn. It is a bit like a toaster, fail to clean and the crumbs get
> mouldy, a health risk, and the prospect of starting a fire. Too many
> expect to just turn on the toaster and not clean now and then, and
> treat the computer the same. They do not deserve even the technology
> of the stone age.
>
> > @Andrew, he's happy to use libre but apparently there's just times when
> > word is the only option
>
> If Word is the only option, then the option is poorly stated or needs
> to be discarded. Word is a problem with no solution, except the demise
> of Microsoft.
>
> > @Russell would you also suggest Debian meets those requirements you
> listed?
>
> Russell is a Debian developer, at least at times. As to your needs,
> look at the various distributions, but remember to scratch under the
> surface. The desktop matters, whether Gnome, KDE, Mate, Mint or other
> lightweight option. Then remember that most will support most
> applications, and can be given a different theme and background for
> the eye candy. Look to the functionality first, that is what you and
> he have to live with.
>
> As to whether the Debian package management, or the Red Hat derived
> ones, you need to find what works your way. The reason I go for Debian
> and such is the package management tools, especially the handling of
> dependencies. This is less of an issue with the higher level package
> management front ends for Red Hat based systems, but it is built into
> the base level and fully available with the Debian package management
> tools.
>
> Do be aware that there are other package management means, from Gentoo
> using source based and compiling everything, to the way Slackware uses
> tarballs, tape archives, a collection of concatenated files, usually
> also compressed, and a small amount of extra detail, but not to the
> levels of the RPM or DEB packages.
>
> The big advantage of Linux is the diversity and choices, so that you
> can make it work the way you want. The downside is that you do have to
> be engaged, but that has big benefits as time goes on.
>
> > Thanks again.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Sincerely Rory Geoghegan
>
> Regards,
>
> Mark Trickett
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