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^ never having laid claim to grammatical powers - I'm enjoying the slagging Ren is getting, but dont understand why...
Should we be saying 'our pets the peeves' maybe ? :tellme:
or what?
-tomos (August 29, 2014, 05:47 PM)
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S/B - ...just how many of these pets do you have? There must be hundreds. ;)
-40hz (August 29, 2014, 06:06 PM)
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Okay, I got that - but presumed you were slagging some fault in Ren's post :-\
hang on,
I should read the whole thread, shouldn't I :-[ :-[ :-[

EDIT// I understand everything now (and my grammar is now perfect :p) :D

@Stephen66515 - here's some food for thought courtesy of Raymond Chandler:

By the way, would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will remain split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of barroom vernacular, this is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed and attentive. The method may not be perfect, but it is all I have.

Raymond Chandler

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There's a new Suse Studio compilation called the Wallstone Creativity Desktop.


Are you a writer? Do you do heavy blogging? Do you edit other people's works? Are you a (self-) publisher? Do you need the ability to write, edit, or publish works on-the-go? Are you sick of paying Microsoft hundreds of dollars for software that doesn't work right?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then the Wallstone Creativity Desktop was made for you. This (mostly) complete system, Powered by OpenSUSE, has plenty of tools for writing, editing, converting documents, scanning documents, handling images and photos, planning, and much more.

In addition, if you work on audio or video projects, we're working on making your lives better as well, with programs like OpenShot and Cinelrella, Mixxx, and Audacity. The Wallstone Creativity Desktop wants to be YOUR favorite Linux distribution, so tell us what you'd like to see!
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This effort takes a kitchen sink approach by bundling all the wordsmithing tools the dev distro creator could find and putting them into one convenient collection.

I have mixed feelings about doing a distro like this. First, because this approach leads to a bloated installation that sometimes develops dependencies issues or experiences slowness down the road. Second, because there's a huge amount of functional overlap since so many similar apps are included. Seriously, do you really think you'll need over a dozen separate wordprocessors and text editors for your daily work?

That said, "kitchen sinking" can be a handy thing if you are new to Linux and don't have much experience with what software is available. This distro helps out with that by the simple expedient of taking a large amount of what’s out there and including it by default. (see below)

What's included...MAJOR PROGRAMS (by Category)

Word Processors

    Gnome Blog


    Cherry Tree
    Red Notebook


    Golden Dictionary
    Gnome Dictionary
    Star Dict


    LibreOffice English Thesaurus



Document Conversion

    HTML to Postscript





Video Editors


Graphics & Animation

    XML Graphics Batik
    Synfig Studio
    Sweet Home 3D


    Scan Tailor (Featured)

Audio Editing


Audio DJ/Broadcast



    Gnu Cash
    LibreOffice Calc


    Project Libre
    + Getting Things GNOME







    File Managers

        Grub Customizer

    Disk Image & Tools
        Suse Studio Image Writer

   CD/DVD Burner


   Font Management
        Font Forge
        Font Manager

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IMO the smart way to use a distro like this is to run it straight off the live DVD (it's 2.74Gb in the 64-bit version) and explore the various pieces of software included. When you find the apps you really like - make a list. Then get a more basic distro and use the package manager to grab and install the list of apps you made earlier. Or alternatively, install it to your hard disk and then let the package manager remove all the stuff you aren't using. You can always easily reinstall something if you find you need it.

Anyway, there it is, the Wallstone Creativity Desktop. Get it here.

Wow. That's a lot of tools in there.

There's one mind mapping tool that I've seen used that looks pretty good:

It's cross platform, and would make a good addition there.

I found out about it here:

Richard uses it in a lot of his videos.

@Ren - The Brain is one of those very cool looking apps I've played with but could never really find a good use for in the past.

I suppose if I were writing a mystery novel. or a thriller revolving around nested conspiracies over a long historic period - y'know, one of those "wheels within wheels" things that start back in 1776 and progress through Area-51 on the way to the official last Apollo moon mission with stops along the way for the Bavarian Illuminati, Majestic-12, and The New World Order...?

To me it's almost like an electronic version of "the board" allegedly used by police and intelligence agencies when they're investigating something. Except without the need for thumbtacks and colored string 'jump connectors' since the software's 3-D rotation capability handles that much more elegantly. Easier to pack up and/or archive than the physical equivalent too!

If you figure out something interesting and non-trivial to use The Brain for, be sure to let me know?


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