Wednesday, April 30, 2008

WriteRoom for Linux

Over at my Ubuntu Living blog, I wrote about a WriteRoom clone that runs on Linux.

WriteRoom, if you haven't heard about it yet, is a word processor for the Mac whose claim to fame is its simple no-frills full-screen text editing. It received a lot of mileage thanks to Lifehacker, a personal productivity website. WriteRoom was so successful that it spawned a Windows clone called DarkRoom.

The platform-independent implementation is called PyRoom. It will run on any system that has the Python interpreter.

PyRoom, WriteRoom, and DarkRoom essentially bring us back to the future. Full-screen text editing seems so sweet after the barrage of menus and icons that's present in most word processing packages nowadays. But that was the norm for word processors back in the early days of personal computing, the apex of which I'll claim was WordPerfect 5.1.

I think a customized operating system with nothing but PyRoom on it should be mandatory for writers on a deadline.