What would you suggest for this situation.

Person studies mathematics and uses Xubuntu on his home computer. He needs to write his thesis such that he can see different versions easily. Someone suggested git but is it hard if one has no background on programming? Is there some easy to use gui where one sees different versions? I would not like to pay anything on the software.

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    The person needs to visually see the difference between their thesis now and the thesis one month ago, for instance? Am I understanding correctly? – Nicolas Raoul Jan 13 at 12:56
  • I mean that you can see differences as text but I would like to have some easy GUI where I can see different versions of files. – mathlearner Jan 13 at 13:20
  • I am trying to understand your need. Is there a particular reason would you need to compare with a file from one month ago? Or are you writing two very similar theses? – Nicolas Raoul Jan 13 at 13:26
  • Will you need to perform such comparisons several times per day, or is it a one-time need? – Nicolas Raoul Jan 13 at 13:27
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    I realize I might have misunderstood something: Do you want the version comparison to show differences in the rendered result (with images fonts etc), or just the TeX source code? (the latter is much easier) – Nicolas Raoul Jan 13 at 15:34

You can try Git + (git)latexdiff, as described in the SO question about Git+LaTeX workflow. One-person Git is easy to use. Git is popular so you will not have any problems with GUI or additional software.

Alternatively, you can try Gitless.

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