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    OneNote is the only thing keeping me from using Linux for desktops

    As a student, I take a lot of notes. Some of these are equations, both mathematical and chemical. I also take screenshots for use in my notes, which is something I can (probably) handle.

    I can't seem to find a solution that allows the following:

    • Multilayered lists, ordered and unordered (w/ automatic tabbing)
    • LaTEX support (or a program that copies a LaTEX equation image to clipboard
    • A structured system (several classes each with folders and subfolders and archiving)
    • PDF export
    • Table support


    One of my machines is a 10.1" netbook, making virtualization impossible. I would like to, somehow, be able to do all of these without losing speed. I'll be using either Openbox, Gnome, or Xfce.

    I've used Linux for years for server use and brief amounts of time as desktop use. I would love to be able to leave Windows and never come back, but I can't install Linux without being able to have those features.

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    Re: OneNote is the only thing keeping me from using Linux for desktops

    Basket is probably the best right now. It would really be cool if someone took interest in this: http://rlehy.free.fr/

    It seems like that would give you the ability to typeset equations in LaTeX and drag and drop the image into your Basket notes.

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    Re: OneNote is the only thing keeping me from using Linux for desktops

    You want to be able to embed latex equations, and take notes. You even want to export to PDF. Honestly, there is only one option -- org-mode. It's an emacs extension that is now bundled with emacs by default. Org-mode enables you to do just about anything you are clever enough to dream up and implement.

    If you aren't already familiar with emacs, the learning curve is a little steep. But, once you get used to it, the combo is unbeatable. Org-mode provides export to latex, PDF, HTML, etc. It also allows you to insert latex directly into your notes, which will be necessary for equations and such.

    The stable version on git (not in the repos) can even handle in-line code chunks, allowing you to create automatic reports. It can also function as a TODO list, calendar application, etc.

    The only negative that I can think of is that on a netbook, it will be a little slow to start. I often use Vim on my netbook, but once it is started, it runs just fine on my little Acer (I do recommend 1G of RAM).

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    Re: OneNote is the only thing keeping me from using Linux for desktops

    you probably want 'Zim wiki' it has plugins to many things like Latex support ..etc

    sudo apt-get install zim
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    Re: OneNote is the only thing keeping me from using Linux for desktops

    Have you tried Mendeley, see http://www.mendeley.com/

    cpgos

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    Re: OneNote is the only thing keeping me from using Linux for desktops

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgos View Post
    Have you tried Mendeley, see http://www.mendeley.com/

    cpgos
    I love Mendeley, but your suggestion is akin to using a hammer when you need a saw.
    Earlycj5

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    Re: OneNote is the only thing keeping me from using Linux for desktops

    Student too. I use onenote in wine also on a dual boot with windows where my notes are stored. I believe most of those features work fine in wine on linux(Onenote 2007).

    I know multilayered lists, the structural system, tables and maybe pdf export work fine.

    What system are you using now, maybe that would help?

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    Re: OneNote is the only thing keeping me from using Linux for desktops

    Have you tried Keepnote (keepnote.org). I know it doesn't look anything like onenote, but it does an incredible job for note taking, multilayer lists, image import (latex equations can be saved as images). I keep the hole notebook on a USB key and run it on all my computer (macos, win$ and UBUNTU).
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    Re: OneNote is the only thing keeping me from using Linux for desktops

    Quote Originally Posted by earlycj5 View Post
    I love Mendeley, but your suggestion is akin to using a hammer when you need a saw.
    Is that a quote from Simon and Garfunkel song?

    Best regards,
    cpgos

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    Re: OneNote is the only thing keeping me from using Linux for desktops

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgos View Post
    Is that a quote from Simon and Garfunkel song?

    Best regards,
    cpgos
    Could be? I listen to S&G and alot of Simon on his own. Wasn't intentional if it was.
    Earlycj5

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