On Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:28:56 -0400, Neil Van Dyke <n...@neilvandyke.org> wrote:
>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. Quite a few Windows programs can be run on Linux under WINE. https://www.winehq.org/ Actually a lot of programs that aren't listed in the compatibility database run fine also. If the program depends only on documented behavior of Windows, it probably will run on WINE [modulo version support for the feature]. Unfortunately, there are a lot questionable tactics and version dependent behaviors that happen to work on Windows but will not work in the emulation. It's a case of "try it and see". >These are more secure, To a point. Linux isn't [anywhere near] as widely used as Windows, so it is less of a target ... but there *ARE* security holes and there have been Linux trojans and virii around almost since the beginning. >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, ... This seems to depend on the environment. LibreOffice has had a number of difficulties with OpenGL [but each version improves]. IME it has worked very well running under GTK. I use it both on Windows [gave up MSOffice long ago] and on Linux. >... and MS doesn't want it to interoperate too well. Prior to OpenDocument support in Office 2013, all of Office's file formats were proprietary. LibreOffice has excellent compatibility with the old DOC formats (Office 97..2003) and the new OpenDocument formats (Office 2013 ..). The main compatibility problems are with the DOCX formats used optionally by Office 2003, and natively by 2007 and 2010 ... but even actual Office users have trouble with DOCX formats. George -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Racket Users" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to racket-users+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.