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Reinventing Simple

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The days when Linux applications were small and simple are long gone. With Firefox and LibreOffice installed on most desktops, the community has embraced monster-sized apps so unreservedly that you can sometimes need to look twice to see what operating system you are using. In fact, the complexity has become so great that simplicity is being reinvented again and again -- by adding complexity.

I made this observation while looking at Author, the still-in-development module for serious writers in Calligra Suite. Scanning Planet KDE a few days ago, I noticed a blog entry by Inge Wallin announcing that Author now included a "distraction-free mode."

Judging from the screen shot, distraction-free mode displays no menu, icon, or status bar, and no tools, either. The idea, Wallin writes, "means that we disable most UI elements and lets the user focus totally on the contents."

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