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    Word Processor OS

    Ok. So I have a little bit of a problem with distractions. Everything on my lovely linux distracts me from working! I have so many wonderful things to mod, hack and fool around with, that word processing too often gets neglected.

    This has to change!

    Only, I know I won't be able to kick the habit of a lifetime of computer-tinkering.

    What I really need is an OS with nothing but a word processing program. I can't be doing with a terminal based one either. It's got to be X based, or at least framebuffer capable. It's got to be able to save as .txt and .doc, and that's about it.

    I just want to work!

    So, first of all - is there such a thing as a dedicated word processing OS. If not, can I hack the hell out of Ubuntu to make a no-distractions Abiword-only (or even gedit-only) work paradise?

    I hope someone has an answer.

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    Re: Word Processor OS

    How about a typewriter or an old wang word processor?

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    Re: Word Processor OS

    do a command line install of ubuntu and add only a word processor. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...wMemorySystems

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    Re: Word Processor OS

    I actually have both already, but they have severe disadvantages:

    The keyboards on those electronic word processors are terrible, and the crummy un-backlit 30 character limit LCDs are almost totally useless.

    As for typewriters propper, I seem to find myself forever reinking the ribbon. Although, a far more serious problem with these things is the absence of a delete key.

    I don't want to go back to the stone age, I just want to stop my mind from wandering!

    Could I maybe just apt-get remove EVERYTHING except for Abiword? I don't want GNOME either (somehow I find drawing boxes on the desktop even better than typing!). I just want a blank white screen with a cursor, a save button, a print button, actually - that'll about do me!

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    Re: Word Processor OS

    NaNoWriMo is a Puppy derivative designed for writers.

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    If you really want to cut the distractions, don't install any graphical system and do all your writing from nano.

    What's that other console word processor-type program? Antiword? I forget now.
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    Re: Word Processor OS

    Why not just remove everything else, even Menus ? Just keep one Word Processor. Make one desktop icon. And only 2 partitions, / and SWAP.

    Or maybe remaster a Distro like Puppy !!!
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    Always keep a GParted CD and Puppy Linux CD ready with you.
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    Re: Word Processor OS

    Get yourself a nice Coleco Adam computer



    It has a built in word processor and a high speed tape drive to save your data on. It'll plug right into a monitor (that has a video in) or even a TV. It also comes with a daisywheel printer. Noisy as hell, but it gets the job done.

    And if you find some old Colecovision cartridges, you can play games on it
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    Re: Word Processor OS

    To the OP-

    You can see that people are working really hard to help you.
    Dowloading iso and Burning to CD, Useful Ubuntu and Linux Links
    Always keep a GParted CD and Puppy Linux CD ready with you.
    LINUX USER #444085 ,UBUNTU USER #12713.

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    Re: Word Processor OS

    You could do a command-line Ubuntu install and
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xorg abiword icewm
    And also install wdm or similar if you want a graphical login.

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