Why Kubuntu (linux)?
Just Ask Noah, who can present a much better argument than I when it comes to using Kubuntu over all other Linux distros. But, I do know that a few other Linux distros perform well as well (right out of the box):
Kubuntu Backports Repository - To get latest software updates
Run (copy and paste) the following three commands from the terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
Citrix Receiver (for accessing SIIMA)
Go to the Citrix Receiver download page and select the Receiver for Linux option. Then, select the Debian download. Suggestion: Stick with Kubuntu with Ubuntu long term releases (e.g., 18.04, 20.04 etc.) and avoid installing the latest Kubuntu version that is more current than the Citrix Receiver debian file currently available. For example, at the time of this post, I installed Kubuntu 18.04 because the latest version of Citrix Receiver for debian is dated June 20, 2018. If I install a more current Kubuntu (19.04 or 19.10), Citrix Receiver will not install.
Install Flatpak backend for additional software options
You can install Flatpak backend by following this route: Discover (software manager)>Settings>Find Discover-Flatpak backend>Click install.
Install current version of LibreOffice
Install Microsoft fonts (if using LibreOffice)
In the terminal, add each one of the lines of code below, and agree to any prompts that appear during the installation process. This step is needed to reduce compatibility issues when opening native Word documents from other individuals (e.g., colleagues, learners, etc.). The best alternative to using LibreOffice is FreeOffice, which includes by default Microsoft fonts, thus, avoiding any need to install ttf-mscorefonts-installer altogether.
sudo apt update
Set APA acceptable fonts as default
Go into LibreOffice Writer and set the default font to one of the acceptable APA fonts according to the 7th edition.
If you want to sync folders and files from Office 365 OneDrive (or Google Drive) to your local computer, you'll need to download and install Insync. Insync is the only service mentioned here that is not free (current pricing).
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Benjamin L. Stewart
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