and the verdict was

best linux for newbees and lazybees is linux mint, for all udders CentOS, seems to me CentOS in new version is here somewheres, I better find it and look, pretty sure got newish linux mint, if not I know I got it a couple gens back.

the work on the bestest puppy is still going on, seems to be stricter hardware requirements for it at current lanpartying.  I haven’t a clue about what games are being played, but sure a lot of yelling in headphones from time to time