I think he will be fine technically from what I've seen of the stability and even some beloved "oldie moldie goldies" here like Emelfm2, which I thought I was going to have to give up after Trisquel 7's EOL, and even a media player I haven't used since the schism between D* Small Linux and Tinycore in 2007-2008ish.
My honest impression of the install process, now that I know what my problem was, is that it wasn't particularly difficult for an intermediate user and the documentation was excellent other than possibly mentioning that multilib needs to be enabled in pacman.conf on the 64 bit install. I've literally never succeeded installing a pacman based distro before.
The misunderstanding about the graphical log-in screen is just a cosmic joke to me or perhaps a higher power's sbenevolent sense of humour to others---a reminder not to give up, but to use clear, concrete language to describe a problem when asking for or offering help. It's sometimes harder to do that with people who share the same language and some but not all of the same culture. Most people use graphical log-in screens these days and i didn't think my personal preference was worth mentioning, much less the source of the whole problem.
And yea, I've accidentally offended by "acting like my $20 eBay liquidator laptop is better than their new $2,000,000 iThing" because it is. I wish I had better people skills and could communicate clearly that an offer to help is just that, not some sort of an insult.
Truthfully, mainstream products, apple microsoft, google, or there true names, crapple malwaresoft, gaggle, joke intended... hehe...
anyways, those products are full of crap. I have no problem speaking my mind about their crappy security and freedom issues.
Or at least most of the time... I just really dislike people who say black is white and white is black...
example one, systemd fanboys.
example two, gamers
example three crapple, malwaresoft, gaggle fans...
example four, trump supporters... yes its not software but you know what I mean... heh.
Not in that order either... maybe in the reverse order. xD
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