Open Source Musings

Sharing a passion for Linux and open source, with a decidedly non-techie slant

It's been a while since I've used a dedicated Markdown editor. It's not that I've soured on that type of application, but I've found that a fairly simple text editor is more than enough for my needs.

That said, there are more than a few solid Markdown editors for the Linux desktop — I've looked at a few over the life of this blog, as you might recall.

It's time to look at three more. So let's jump in, shall we?


When Red Hat went on a redundancy spree a few months ago, one of the teams affected was the one behind That left the community which had grown around the site in more than a bit of flux.

Thanks to the support of the Open Source Initiative, that community now has a new home: That site's in its early stages, but there's still quite a bit to learn there.

As a former correspondent, it's great to see the community find a new corner on the web. And I'm hoping that it grows and thrives. You can help make that happen by sharing your knowledge.

(Note that is still around but the site's not being updated. And there's no guarantee Red Hat will keep it running into the future.)

Scott Nesbitt


Here's a quick look at yet another trio of useful little tools for the Linux desktop that can help you quickly and efficiently tackle some simple tasks.

The utilities I'm about to look at are ones that you might not always use, but they are handy to have around when you need them.

Let's jump in, shall we?


In late summer and early autumn, 2023 I began to reevaluate the tools that I use. As part of that process, I not only started embracing simpler tools again, but also embraced more software minimalism. One area in which I began planning a refocus was around the tool that I use to take notes.

Part of that process had me pondering what my ideal note taking application would look like. The results of that pondering, to be honest, surprised me. Well, just a little ...

Let's take a peek at what my ideal note taking tool looks like.


A while back, I looked at a trio of simple but effective password management applications for the Linux desktop. But, as more than a couple of readers reminded me, those aren't the only games in town. Not that I didn't realize that already ...

So, it's time to look at another pair of desktop tools to help you manage your passwords. Let's dive in, shall we?


Recently, I was asked out of the blue to give a short presentation. It was to a small crowd, on a topic with which I was familiar. However, I only had about five days to prepare. That included my script and a slide deck, all around The Day JobTM and my personal projects.

For the slides, I could have fired up LibreOffice Impress or shaken the rust of my skills with Reveal.js. But I just needed simple slides, created quickly. Which gave me the excuse to try out an application that's been on my radar for a while: Spice-Up.

Let's take a look at it.


When you blog, you can expect to get a bit of feedback. In my case, that's the occasional email or three. When I do receive feedback, about half of those missives suggest that I dive into something that's either outside of my wheelhouse or which really doesn't interest me.

Often, those suggestions are wrapped around fairly techie topics or tools which appeal to a fairly techie audience. The kinds of topics I could never write about with any confidence. The kinds of tools that I'd never use. The topics and tools that Linux and FOSS bloggers cover elsewhere.

When I started this blog, its aim was to show that free and open source software (FOSS for short) is a viable choice for the so-called ordinary computer user. For someone who isn't interested in hardware hacking or compiling their own software or digging deep into system internals. For the person for whom technology isn't a lifestyle.

My goal is to demonstrate that anyone can do whatever they need and want to do using FOSS and Linux (or even FOSS running on Windows or macOS). Regardless of their technical chops, or lack thereof.

And that's what I'm going to continue to do in this space: publish tutorials, tips, roundups, reviews, and the occasional opinion aimed at people like me. While I have, and continue to, publish posts about working at the command line, those posts are aimed at anyone who wants to work in a terminal window. Future ones will as well.

There's room in the Linux and FOSS world for people of all stripes. This space will continue to cater to at least one or two of those stripes.

Scott Nesbitt


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