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Simple wiki-like desktop note taking / organization software

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I am looking to organize myself a bit better this year. I've had a rather bad habit of putting my to-do lists and notes in plain text files. It seemed the simplest. I would just put them on the desktop and add notes or to-do items as I need to. However, I end up having quite a few of them thrown around the desktop with a few quite bloated ones. It would've been better to have a wiki-like desktop tool where I can put and link all my notes in one place coherently.

Klepas suggested moinmoin wiki software before, but that needs a special python setup and works in a web browser. There is also tomboy, but besides being in mono (and hence having some hefty dependencies) I am looking for something a little bit lighter.

So, if you have any recommendations for a tool which can be useful for note-taking and work organization in general that you found useful, I'd appreciate your suggestion.

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You could replace whatever

You could replace whatever e-mail/news clients you are using for kontact or evolution, which include something like that AFAIK,

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I might try that. I'm using

I might try that. I'm using sylpheed at the moment because it is very light, fast, but still features all I need from an email client.

Another concern I have for the format in which my notes would be stored to be in some standard format which can be easily moved between distributions since I am not always using the same distro.

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I just wrote a note in

I just wrote a note in Kontact (which basically just utilises KNotes) and checked for the file.
I could find it in ~/.kde/share/apps/knotes and it's not totally plaintext, but quite easy to read in any editor.

And anyway, you should have access to KNotes and Kontact on any distro you pick.

ToDo-lists should be handled by KOrganizer I guess. Didn't check the file-format, but I think it also should be quite readable.

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This looks simple but

This looks simple but effective: http://todotxt.com/

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Nice one tbuitenh. That

Nice one tbuitenh. That doesn't look like much of a departure from how I did it so far , but apparently has some helper scripts to make it more organized I guess.

I'm just not sure I want to depend on command line tools though.. Gonna try it out.

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Meh actually if I'm going

Meh actually if I'm going to go with GUI-less text files it's more convenient to write todo.txt myself without all the helpers.. Nano is all I need.

I'd like a GUI organizer after all, where I can add a todo item with a title and have its description when I double click on that item for details, and where I can also set deadlines for them. But instead of storing all this data in some weird program specific format it should store it something standard and more cross-platform if possible.

I think reptiler has a point actually. K-stuff as well as evolution are available everywhere and if they still do store things in text files that means it's easy to take the file and import back and fort between distros..

Of course, though.. the only downside remaining is the greater memory usage of such programs (compared to plain text files) and importing between evolution and kontact for example.

I like the way some email clients support the mbox files for importing store email between each other (like sylpheed and evolution).

Gonna have a closer look at all of this..

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BasKet
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BasKet seems like a great

BasKet seems like a great program. I think it suits my rather disorganized way of thinking (what do they call it, creative mess? Sticking out tongue ) because it allows impoting all sorts of stuff in freestyle. Smiling

Thanks a_thing! Gonna try importing all the relevant stuff in my text files into BasKet and see how that goes.

I didn't yet look what does it store its data in, but since it at least allows exporting everything to HTML that's encouraging. Smiling

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Thanks a_thing for

Thanks a_thing for suggesting BasKet. It seems to be working quite well for me. Smiling I think I'll stick to it.

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I have heard of people

I have heard of people using FreeMind for note taking. I tried using it, but i find it hard to do, Always have done[we get taught how to mind map at school]. Others find it extremely useful especially for exam note taking.

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I was searching for mind

I was searching for mind mapping apps through synaptic the other day and found another "mindmapping" tool called vym. Though I didn't try freemind vym might be easier to use.

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My preferred mindmapping

My preferred mindmapping tool is kdissert (it's more a document writing tool than a mindmapping tool, but it does use some mindmapping principles)

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Might try that too.

Might try that too. Thanks.

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