Open Source Musings


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?


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?


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.


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It's easy to think other people use their computers and software in the same way you do. That they need every feature and function you rely on. That your computing choices are, or should be, their choices.

Take, for example, email clients for the Linux desktop. Thunderbird is arguably one of the most popular open source email applications. It's big, packed with features, and is very extensible. I know a number of people who rely on Thunderbird to handle their email in the same way that others rely on Emacs or Vim] for their text editing needs.

Not everyone needs everything that Thunderbird offers, or even most of it. Some people only need an email client that's light and fast, one that lets them send and receive email with a minimum of fuss.

Presented for your perusal: four lightweight alternatives to Thunderbird for the Linux desktop. These apps might be lean, but they get the job done.


If there's one category of software that's seem to have had a bit of a boom in recent years, it's software for taking notes. On the desktop, on the web, on mobile devices, there seems to be a new note taking app popping up every couple of weeks.

Whenever I mention tools to take notes, some wag always comes along and says Why not just use ... followed by a name like Logseq, Notion, Obsidian, Emacs and org-mode, or some such application. There's nothing wrong with those applications, but they're not for everyone.

Some people just need a note taking tool just lets them take notes. And nothing more. One smaller, lighter note taking tool that might appeal to the Linux user is Paper.

Let's take a look at it.