Moving to Linux: Working with Text (Part 1)

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  1. Great post. I’m gravitating towards the use of text editors for my online writing, and in fact, just posted a short article about using programmer’s editors because the “project” function simplifies .

    My choices are Bluefish and Gedit (Ubunut Linux), and while neither is perfect, they’re a better fit for online work than word processors like Open Office and Word.

    With the growing prevalence of online copywriting, I think a new class of word processor is needed – something that quickly and easily generates html-tagged copy, incorporates all the modern niceties, yet also posts blog articles, tweets, etc, (perhaps in console windows).

    I can think of a few more goodies, and hope the next generation of word processor shows up soon (and that it shows on Linux first).

  2. acpkendo says:


    I could see the use for something between a word processor and a text editor, although at this point I’d also love to see ODT export for txt2tags.

    I read your post too–turns out kate has the same concept, only generalized in its “Sessions” support. I don’t know if Bluefish makes you enter a bunch of information about web servers and such (I know Quanta would need some of that to create a project). The neat thing about kate is that there’s integration with the desktop, e.g., a “Kate Sessions” applet that you can park on your dashboard/menu bar in KDE4. So once you log in you’re literall one click away from any of your project.

  3. Bluefish doesn’t require much beyond a name to create a project, and neither does the Gedit version (you need to install the “sessions” plugin in Gedit).

    I haven’t explored the older editors yet (vim, emacs, etc), though emac’s ability to send & receive email raises the issue of an “online word worker” editor that offers modules/widgets/plugins for posting to blogs, tweets, chat, email, etc.

    These days, that would account for 70% of my writing.

  1. October 12, 2011

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