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Two Minimalist Linux Text Editors That Make Writing Easy

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Software It took decades of writing, but I’ve come to a realisation: word processors do way more than what I need. And so I started to wonder: why should I be doing my writing with software designed to make it easy to arrange text for being printed out on letter-sized pieces of paper? Why can’t I find software that just lets me write?

Minimalist Linux Text Editors

As it turns out I’m not the only MakeUseOf writer to ponder this question. For years now a sort of program called the minimalist editor has sought to tackle this question by offering simple, full-screen editors that allow writers to focus on writing and nothing else. Modeled after a Mac program called WriteRoom, such programs focus on simplicity instead of formatting or presentation.

Gone are the many menus, options and stats which distract you from the only thing you’re trying to do: write. A minimalist text editor hides everything on the screen but your work. Dave wrote about a variety of free minimalist text editors for Windows back in 2008, but of all the excellent minimalist editors he mentioned only the Java-based jDarkRoom is Linux compatible.

I’m a writer by profession, but I’m also a Linux user. So I set out to discover any elegant, easy-to-use minimalist Linux text editors. I wasn’t disappointed: I found two very good ones.

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