If you’re sick of Skype for Linux’s lack of progress, or rankled by the imminent retirement of the older (but superior) Qt Skype client, there’s a GNU alternative in town called Ring. GNU Ring is a cross-platform, privacy-minded communication app that is fast gaining a following in FOSS and security-conscious circles. Like an open-source alternative to Skype […]
A new unstable release of photo manager Shotwell is now available. Shotwell 0.27 introduces a small set of new features and improvements, as well fixes for a number of bugs. Notably, Shotwell 0.27 no longer has F-Spot import support, a feature that the photo management and editing app added way back in 2010. The removal of this […]
Write! A distraction free writing tool with a beautiful interface is now available for Linux.
Write! has a number of features that many writers would love. Some of the main features of Write! include auto-saving, cloud-synced documents, offline editing, dark and light themes, unlimited undo, productivity stats. You can also publish your notes to the web directly from the app.
I must mention here that Write! is neither free (in terms of money as well) nor open source. But since it provides an application for Linux desktop, I am covering it.
Some of the main highlights of Write! are:
Auto-saving (even unnamed documents) with unlimited cloud storage
Multiple tabs and writing sessions
Smart auto-complete based on your typing history
Markdown and wiki support
Unlimited number of undo, even across multiple devices (can undo on Linux what you wrote on Windows)
Productivity stats tell you how many words you typed. You can set goals here.
Share the notes either on social media or publish it on the web (like Simplenote)
Dark and light UI and editor themes
Multiple text style presets
Focus mode for distraction free writing
Cross platform but no mobile applications
You can watch this video to see some of these features in action:
The KDE Neon developer edition has a nifty security feature called Plasma Vault — and it sounds awesome. Plasma Vault lets you create an encrypted folder in which you can securely stash any files you wish to keep private. This might be your WIP xmas shopping list, candid photos of Bigfoot in fancy swimwear, or work documents […]