Thanks for all reponses of Gabrielle and van Dyke.
Very useful info.
Indeed I like WYSIWYG,
but nowadays I use scribble too (most scribble/manual)
(frequently rendering in order to see what I get and
looking into the docs in order to see how to get what I want)
A very nice thing of scribble is that you can make
elaborate procedures and syntax transformers,
much easier to write and more flexible and reliable
than Java macros in MS-word, I think.
And, of course, the @interaction[] and companions,
which I don't have in MS-word.
Thanks again, Jos 

-----Original Message-----
From: Neil Van Dyke [] 
Sent: sábado, 29 de abril de 2017 22:29
To: Jos Koot; Racket Users
Subject: Re: [racket-users] Racket 6.9

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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