October 31, 2013

Simplicity Nano 13 available now, a Linux for #Nanowrimo contestants!

So, as promised yesterday, Simplicity Nano 13 is now available for download here.  It is designed to help you win NaNoWriMo.  We’ve included links to the Write Or Die web app (stunning way to write), a link to the NaNoWriMo page (so you can update your word count), and LibreOffice so you can save your work.  It comes bundled with Firefox and very little else in the way of apps.  And that is the point.  It is designed to not distract you from writing.

If you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo or not, if you use or enjoy the version of this distro, rather than donating to us, we would like a donation on our official StayClassy page, which ensures all the money goes to NaNoWriMo.  We currently run this from a USB key, storing data on the key and backing it up on Google Docs.  It’s fast, stable and makes doing NaNoWriMo easier, because everything is right there.

We hope you enjoy this mini release!  And for those taking part in NaNoWriMo too, Good Luck!

We are officially taking part in #NaNoWriMo 2013!

Now, before people jump on me and scream “Why would I care about you doing NaNoWriMo?  Where is the Simplicity 14.1 Alpha?” – we’re working on it.  But we love books, and we love writing, so NaNoWriMo is perfect for us, and the fact that it supports literacy charities appeals to us.

So, we have come to a decision.  NaNoWriMo is hard.  Writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days was never going to be a walk in the park, but you often get distracted by “stuff” online.  So we created a stripped down version of Simplicity 14.1 Desktop Alpha specifically designed for NaNoWriMo participants.  It has a browser, a link to the Write Or Die Web App (scary but amazingly useful), a link to the NaNoWriMo site, and LibreOffice.  It also features a calendar wallpaper to help you stay motivated during the 30 days.  And that’s it.  It’s designed to be an environment to help you win, rather than anything else.

All we are asking for in return for this software is a donation, however big or small on our official StayClassy page – the money goes straight to NaNoWriMo, and we do not get a cent.  We’re not claiming this version is amazing, or groundbreaking, but it might just give you that push you need to win NaNoWrimo.  At the very least, it will give you a distraction free writing environment.

We will post the ISO tomorrow, just in time for you to download and pop onto a USB key for NaNoWriMo.  And good luck to anyone else taking part in NaNo!