Thanks for the advice, seems like Slackintosh is the the go. I shall pass it on.
that's nice that VL tools will work. Is installation (on the Mac) Is it just a case of copying them to the appropriate directory (I'm guessing /usr/something ) and running from the cli?
would your friend be open to an email conversation with my friend about running and installing Slackintosh? He would be much more informative than I am. I'll have to check the Slackintosh forum out as well.
Great news that Mom is improving, it must be a relief. Working as a physiotherapist, I realise just how resilient people can be... and how fragile too, unfortunately.