Distraction-free writing OS

Here’s an idea for a cheap alternative to expensive ‘distraction-free’ word processors like the Freewrite (much as I love the idea of the Freewrite – I just cannot afford one.)

A Linux-based OS on a USB stick that boots straight into a very simple RTF-format word processor with on-screen word count, auto-save of timestamped versions of the document to local storage (USB or hard drive) with the option to configure some kinds of cloud storage such as Google Drive, Dropbox, old fashioned FTP, maybe even email etc. Possibly a spell-check included, but not essential. Perhaps allow multiple docs open in tabs so you can have a notes document open to refer to when writing.

The backup / storage options would be configurable from a GUI in the word processor. No other apps would  be visible except perhaps include a text-only Wikipedia and online dictionary search.

If this OS booted from USB you could put any old laptop into ‘distraction-free’ mode and it could bring new life to old netbooks and laptops if you installed it on the machine itself.

I know Linux distraction-free word processors are already available, but last time I looked none was quite right: didn’t autosave in RTF format, didn’t have on-screen word count etc. Perhaps that’s changed?

I had a go at writing a very simple word processor ages ago using guizero, perhaps this could be a starting point?

As for making a live Linux USB stick with only one app, I have no idea how to do this, but who’s in?

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3 Responses to Distraction-free writing OS

  1. Cameron says:

    Hi Giles, did you make the distraction-free writing OS?

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