A change this week for my smaller laptop, from Linux Mint to Elementary OS and I couldn’t be happier.
It has been a few months now since I installed Linux Mint on my wee laptop, the iOTA Flo 11.6″. It’s a machine that I wanted to use solely for a couple of writing projects. There’s nothing like uninstalling a familiar operating system (Windows), installing a new one (Linux) and relying on a few native apps to help focus the mind.
For the last couple of months, I’ve been using Linux Mint. There was a lot to like about it. It installed easily and quickly. It was nicely customizable. And it ran most of the software that I wanted. Most, not all.
One of the applications that I’ve been using for writing projects is Write! It’s a minimalist text editor that supports Markdown and stores your documents in the cloud. Perfect for cross-platform, multiple device writing and editing. Only, no matter what I tried, I could never get Write! to install on Linux Mint.
This week, I installed the beautiful, opinionated Linux distro Elementary OS. It advertises itself as a fast, open and privacy-respecting alternative to Windows and Mac OS. (Of course, I spoiled that by installing Google Chrome, but you can’t have everything, right!)
All I have installed on my laptop now is:
- Elementary OS (Linux)
- Elementary Tweaks (to adjust the minimize, maximize and close buttons)
- Google Chrome
- Sublime Text 3
- GNOME Character Map
And I couldn’t be happier with it. The laptop (which is not the fastest in the world) is responsive (it boots in around 35 seconds), the interface is minimalist, clean and beautiful, and all my writings can be synchronised within Write! between this laptop and my desktop PC.
This is perfect for taking writing projects out and about without needing to drag around my larger laptop. It is, I suppose, like a Chromebook without being a Chromebook. A Write!book, if you like.
I’ll report back later…