Some distraction-free word processors

Distraction-free word processors are a fantastic productivity tool.

Continuing with our recommendations on how to choose programs within the vast Linux repository, we are now going to dedicate ourselves to distraction free word processors.

We refer to programs with the ability to write and edit texts with a minimalist interface that in many cases is hidden until needed.

Attention is the new oil

Even the best of us make mistakes. Peter Drucker, the philosopher and consultant who spent almost the entire XNUMXth century studying innovations, predicted that in the XNUMXst century we would move from an economy based on the scarcity of the resource base (Coal, oil, uranium, silicon) to one based on a Abundant resource, information. Drucker did not realize that The abundance of information was going to cause the scarcity of another resource that would become the basic one: attention.

All of us are subjected to too many stimuli; our bosses, employees, clients, relatives and friends can reach us at any time of the day thanks to the mobile phone. The book we'd like to read competes against the Netflix series the world is talking about, news portals and television compete to be the first to break the most lurid details of the worst tragedies.

It is not casual that the often contradictory productivity manuals agree on one piece of advice: Reduce stimuli.

Distraction-Free Word Processors

When I started writing Linux Adictos one of my first articles was about what programs to replace Adobe InDesign with. The obvious choice was Scribus, however a reader questioned why I didn't mention Scribus. LaTeX. LaTeX is a document layout system in which layout instructions are expressed in written form rather than determined by selecting options from the menu.

I never got to use it, but anyway in these years I learned to feel more comfortable using Markdown, a system where the characteristics of the text are determined with an open and close command, or html code instead of using visual editors. It is much faster and more accurate. In addition, it avoids multitasking since you do not interrupt the writing task to do the diagramming.

The great advantage of distraction-free word processors is that by limiting your options they avoid distractions.

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Es the closest thing to a traditional word processor due to its editing possibilities and even saves and opens LibreOffice Writer documents and RTF and TXT formats. In addition to hiding the user interface until you need it, it allows you to keep track of the number of words you typed or set daily goals.

If you want to use it in conjunction with the Pomodoro technique or another based on work and rest times, it has the possibility of using alarms and timers. On the other hand, you can vary the typography, the color and use a background image.

For the nostalgic, you can play the sound of a typewriter when you press the keys.

You can find it in your distribution's repositories and in the Flatpak and Snap stores.


The title in lowercase is the decision of they. The program can use different Markdown processors for text editing depending on which one you have installed and show you the result as it would look on a web page. For writing, it has focus and full screen modes and it is also possible to navigate through the structure of the document. You can also see statistics of your writing that are updated instantly.

It's in the Ubuntu and Fedora repositories and in the Flatpak and Snap stores.


Another Markdown editor with a distraction-free editing mode in three possible background colors, light, sepia and dark. Like FocusWriter, it has a spell checker and statistics. The resulting document can be previewed and exported to PDF, Word/Libreoffice, LaTeX or HTML slide formats.

We can find it in the Flathub store

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