Switching to Linux
I want to feel good about the tool I use everyday and I want it to reflect what I stand for so I just ordered a Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro (https://www.tuxedocomputers.com/en/Linux-Hardware/Linux-Notebooks/10-14-inch/TUXEDO-InfinityBook-Pro-13-v3-133-matte-Full-HD-or-QHD-IPS-aluminium-case-up-to-Intel-Core-i7-Quad-Core-up-to-32GB-RAM-up-to-two-HDD/SSD-up-to-12h-battery-Typ-C-Thunderbolt-etc.tuxedo) from @tuxedocomputers & they kindly agreed to preinstall Pop!_OS 18.04 for me (thank you, Vinzenz, you rock!)
I maxed it out with an i7 4-core CPU, 32GB RAM, 1TB Samsung Pro SSD & a QHD+ screen that I plan to run at 200% HiDPI.
This will be my main dev machine going forward. Can’t wait! :) https://mastodon.ar.al/media/1uMEIMJwnL3akninfBE
@vickylai @tuxedocomputers Thanks, Vicky. All my deployments have been on Linux for yonks and I’ve always been playing with various distributions in VMs but Pop!_OS was the the first time I felt I could switch properly. That and my increasing disillusionment with every multibillion-dollar tech behemoth, including ones whose business models are different to Google/Facebook.
I'm doing the same thing at some point. Was planning to go with Purism's hardware, but I saw your list of European shops. The game it getting better.
I'm nervous about writing tools though. I don't care about code, design, and emacs. I need me polished writing apps, and I don't mean a word processor replacement. In this department, Linux looks rough. I might have to rough it.
Manuskript would be one certain acquisition, and LibreOffice, of course, but where's the iA Writer of Linux?
Yes, but not all .md editors are the same. Editors for coders that can do .md are a lot different than editors designed for writers (features and usability around that aspect of use).
Can you give me some examples to look at?
Also need a Scrivner replacement, but I think Manuskript will work for that.
Do you know of any replacements for these types of tools:
https://www.mellel.com/ (desktop publishing)
@wion @aral don't know that much… only saw FocusWriter on flatpak lately, that seems to be solely about writing (novels, or so) and not get distracted.
Also just searched the repo and found http://uberwriter.wolfvollprecht.de/ (which – from a first look – looks surprisingly similar to ) and "Marker" (which preents some tex-style graphs and formulars in the screenshots)
Let me know if you find some more or try one or another out.
(And as for screenshot tools there are yet even more.)
I might do that. Won't be right away, though, a lot on my plate for the foreseeable future.
But for me, as far as a writer's text editor goes, nobody is doing it better right now than the folks at iA, except for one detail: no Textile. 😞
If I had the Linux equivalent of iA Writer but it supported Textile (including the advanced footnotes functionality the PHP version has) instead of Markdown, I would be in 7th heaven, as they say, as far as an quick text editor goes.
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I don't use them myself, but I see them recommended fairly often.
Thing is, you really don't need anything fancy if all you want is to compose text. GNU Nano will do the job if you don't want to mess around with vim or emacs.
I prefer the joe editor. Run it with the jstar command, and you get an editor with WordStar-like key bindings.
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> How about Focuswriter or Ghostwriter?
Noted for checking out. Thanks.
> Thing is, you really don't need anything fancy if all you want is to compose text.
I've heard that a million times by linux bros. But the thing is, writing is a personal endeavour, just like coding, I'm sure. I can use a yellow Ticonderoga No. 2 on envelopes if I wanted to, but I'd rather use something more fitting and effective. Japanese carpenters don't use Stanley.
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BTW, I understand how you feel concerning writing as a personal endeavor because I've written a few novels and short stories. I started out with a plain text editor because at the time it was all I had (on a 486 running DOS).
In my experience (naturally, your mileage may vary) there's a certain Zen in just firing up an editor you know reasonably well and bashing out text without even worrying about formatting or markup.
That's a subjective situation, naturally, and it depends on what a given writing task is (no single tool is ideally suited for all writing tasks) and what medium the text is destined for (web, print, etc...), and whatever applications may come into play in the publishing process, and so on. But if we just say an app that gets words out of the brain, it would be something identical to iA Writer but supporting Textile instead of Markdown when web formatting is needed.
I learned a bit of emacs (and awk, etc) back in the late 90s in a 'science computing' course while studying ecology, but it was a one-off course among all the biology, etc, and I never get back to the command-line the same way. Vi, never.
But if I had a dollar for every time some dude-bro told me I can do everything as a writer using emacs, I've be rich. I don't want to do everything with emacs.
@wion @aral As it happens, I've used at one time or another: edlin, DOS edit, MacWrite, WordStar, WP4.x, WP5.2 (still have a DOS image ... somewhere), AmiPro, MS Word (from Win3.11 through about Win97, more recent ... occasionally), original BSD vi, vim, emacs, VMS/EDT, MVS/EVE, TSO/ISPF, AbiWord, LyX, OpenOffice since it was StarOffice, numerous others. And vim.
@wion @aral If I could _remember_ emacs I might use it, but vim is what I do virtually all my editing, including multi-hundred-page docs, in vim. These days making heavy use of Markdown & Pandoc, though I've used roff, nroff, groff, HTML, DocBook, LaTeX, and various lightweight markup languages.
It can work exceedingly well for that task, and does in fact get the fuck out of the way.
Wha... ?! Scriv is now available for Linux? That's new. I use it now on Mac. It's great.
I was expecting to switch to Manuskript for that kind of story development, which is a Scriv alternative for Linux first.
I've actually got a decent list of linux writing tools at this point. Things I can make use of even if not perfect. Who knows, maybe it will inspire me to brush of emacs too. I just need my first linux machine.
@aral @wion Don't get /too/ excited yet, I think it was a WINE-supported app, at that. http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2014/08/29/scrivener-on-linux-try-it-youll-like-it/ I thought there were immersive text editors also (aside from the standard set). I'm bust on links though.
> Firefox with all the surveillance-by-default options turned off
... and a bunch of other privacy-protecting stuff turned on. I also recommend a couple of add-ons, uBlock Origin (ad-blocker) and NoScript (control who can run JS on your box). I used to use AdBlock+ but uBlock O consumes *so* much less RAM
@dredmorbius Around 1.200€, but the price depends on your configuration. Base price starts at 897€.
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