More Free and Open Source Tools for Writers

It’s funny how social media can work so well sometimes. I happened to be playing with a new Twitter client (Choqok for KDE, if you must know) over the weekend and TweetOpenSource had a link to 100 Awesome Open Source Tools for Writers, Journalists, and Bloggers. After a quick look, I retweeted the link.

Anne Wayman, who used to run the Freelance Writing page at, and has since struck out on her own, saw my retweet and posted it on her blog. I’m now returning the favor (Thanks, Anne!).

Anyway, the list is interesting. While not everything on the list is open source (Evernote for sure, and perhaps there are others that I’m not aware of), everything is free. All the tools I talked about at the WritersUA conference are on this list. I haven’t used a bunch of these tools, and I look forward to trying many of them.

A couple of notes and quibbles:

  • I would have switched the categories of LyX and Scribus. LyX is a document manager and writing tool. Scribus is a desktop publisher that prefers that you write your content elsewhere and import it on to a page.
  • NeoOffice was created as a Mac version of OpenOffice, but now that OOo has its own Mac version, I don’t know if NeoOffice is still in production. Could be wrong, though.
  • Azureus has a new name, Vuze.
  • It’s been a long time since NVU has been in production. If you’re interested in a simple web authoring system, KompoZer might suit you better.
  • The list cheats a little, in that Pidgin is the new name for the Gaim instant messenger (AOL was never too happy with the old moniker).

But overall, if you’re new to open source tools, this list is a great place to start.

What do you think of the list? What’s missing? Anything that doesn’t belong? Comment freely.

5 thoughts on “More Free and Open Source Tools for Writers

    1. One more thing found after the original post: The Open Source Writers Group sitting at the top of the list hasn’t been updated in about a decade. It was quaint to see “Zonker” Brockmeier (now the openSUSE Community Manager and former editor of Linux Magazine) touting his “2.5 years of Linux experience.”

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