My partner hates free software. He hates Linux and everything about it. He is Taiwanese and he says anything that is free can’t be worth much. Maybe it’s a cultural thing. I don’t know, but I do know that I disagree.
From 1978 until 2007 (or so), I was strictly a Microsoft person. I refused to buy Apple because as a writer I didn’t need what they had to offer, among other reasons. Actually, I thought they were just overpriced status symbols (no offense intended to those who prefer the brand).
Around 2007, while teaching English here in Taiwan, I came across Linux again. Sure I had heard about it before, I had been a computer operator, specialist, and program for half my life, and I had even tried installing it with dismal results before. But this time I was promised it would be a new experience. So to test it out I installed it in a dual boot environment (duckduckgo is your friend). I ran it this way for a year or two, if not longer. I had become fed up with Microsoft’s forcing upgrades, installing at the most inopportune times, and most importantly viruses. Linux, and to be fair Apple, is known for never, well virtually never, it hasn’t happened to me yet, being hit by viruses. I don’t know about Apple, but Linux allows me to decide when to do installs and what to install, within reason. I run what is called Linux Mint and, seriously, the installation and set up for a desktop was a breeze. The only time I ever had a problem is when I want to do something different, once a computer specialist — well you know or can guess.
But enough about Linux, if you want to learn more there is a ton, literally, of free information and software out there, I want to talk about Bibisco 2.0. For those of you who don’t know, this is another piece of open source software which works on any platform — Linux, Windows, and Apple. You just download the zip file, extract to a folder, and click Bibisco [the program icon] — from gumroad (just search here at this link for Bibisco, chose the one for one euro, it won’t charge you or ten euros if you want to be generous and help the developer. You can always go back and pay after you try it out.)
From this point on, I suggest you refer to a few videos I made for Youtube, non-monetized, of course, and see what you think. Or you could do this first.
To sum up, Bibisco takes a bit of getting used to, but there are videos and limited help out there — I will be making more videos soon. But other paid software might have more bells and whistles, but if you are like me, the last thing you need is bells and whistles to distract you from what you really want to do — write!
To be honest, I am not much of a planner. I know, kinda ironic isn’t it. But I am trying to plan more and Bibisco is helping a bit. There is another free open source bit of software — Manuskript out there that I have installed and use a bit, but that’s for another blog.