Stephen De Gabrielle wrote on 04/29/2017 03:18 PM:
Ubuntu Linux is cheap, includes an alternative to ms word, gets regular updates and (most importantly) runs racket fine.


Debian, RHEL/CentOS, Fedora, ArchLinux, and (maybe) Ubuntu are all good choices for people who don't *have* to run Windows stuff. These are more secure, and grew out of open source traditions of respecting users' various technical and societal freedoms. Debian is the most freedom-principles-oriented, Red Hat is the most professional, Arch has the most technically-savvy median user (I usually end up on the Arch wiki, for a more technical take on some unusual stuff I do with Debian), Ubuntu is the most ordinary-user popular. There are other big ones that I wouldn't consider or recommend. There are also some non-US region-oriented distros with emphasis on a particular language/culture, in features and in support forums, but you'd have to ask people from the region about those.

For much academic publishing, and for many non-academic book manuscripts, LaTeX is often a good way to go. (Even if your book publisher doesn't use LaTeX for ultimate layout, you can write minimal LaTeX as almost plain ASCII text for drafts, if you can resist the traditional TeX thesis-avoidance behavior of fine-tuning your layout for camera-ready copy. Same with Scribble.) Or, since you're a Racket person, perhaps Scribble for papers, books, and slides. If you want a WYSIWYG word processor veneer over LaTeX source, try LyX. If you're an Emacs user, you might like AUCTeX, but even the older Emacs LaTeX/TeX support might be enough for you.

LibreOffice/OpenOffice is there on GNU/Linux for those users who really must have something MS Office-like, but it has many of the same security problems (design-fundamental, as well as code quality), and also doesn't work as well as MS Office under normal conditions, and MS doesn't want it to interoperate too well.

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