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10 Top Tools for Novelists
The software featured in this article is designed to meet the specialised needs of a budding novelist. There's the finest open source distraction-free tools, software designed to create visual novels, and tools to help capture and visualise ideas.

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  • Ausadmin
    Ausadmin is designed to automate the maintenance of USENET newsgroup hierarchies (such as aus.*) and provide end-users with useful online information regarding all the newsgroups in the hierarchy as well as proposals.
  • Autocheck
    Autocheck is a GPL system administration tool that monitors unix computers on your network and sends sms-messages or emails to administrators when a problem arises.
  • Autodir
    Autodir creates directories transparently to the applications accessing them based on available information from sources like password database, group database. Currently it supports creating home directories and group directories. Autodir can be used to create home,group directories for ldap/NIS/SQL unix accounts.
  • Autopoweroff
    Autopoweroff is a python script that is started at boot time, and which function is to shutdown the computer at a specific time, but only if some conditions are met.
  • BQ+
    BQ+ is a well established mainframe class Job Scheduling system. Available as FreeWare for LINUX platforms.
  • Chronic
    Chronic is a constraints-based, opportunistic, application-level scheduler for Unix systems. Unlike traditional schedulers that schedule according to a time and frequency specification, Chronic schedules against arbitrary constraints of user's choice.
  • cron-apt
    cron-apt allows users to run apt commands regularly using cron. It includes different settings for error reporting, what to install, etc.
  • Cronic
    Cronic is a shell script to help control the most annoying feature of cron: unwanted emailed output, or "cram" (cron spam).
  • cronie
    The cronie package contains the Vixie version of cron. Cron is a standard UNIX daemon that runs specified programs at scheduled times. This fork of cron adds better security and more powerful configuration options to the standard version of cron. It's possible to use cronie with or without these features: PAM authentication, SElinux, and inotify support.
  • cronwrap
    cronwrap is a utility that offers more control over the execution of a cron job than the standard cron daemon allows. It can ensure and report that the job completes within a specified time period. It can email and/or log any output produced from the job. It reports on the exit status of the job.
  • crun
    crun is a lightweight, easy to use, simple tool which does the similer job as cron. But it doesn't run like a daemon. It is available for unix like operating systems such as linux and bsd. This tool it written in C. It would come handy when you need execute certain commad over and over again with several time interval inbetween them. For ex. let say you wan't to run netstat -na command 20 times with in time interval of 1 second. Then you can use crun. crun 20 1 netstat -na
  • Diogene87
    Diogene87 is a powerful job scheduling system. It features centralized management, jobs dependencies, start conditions, planning, a log of job activity job monitoring, statistics for job durations, and resource control.
  • DS Scheduler
    DS Scheduler is a centralized 'cron' type scheduling system. It has a web interface for managing, monitoring and scheduling jobs and commands in a multi-host environment.
  • etc-proposals
    etc-proposals is a gentoo configuration file updater that, unlike etc-update and dispatch-conf, provides a shell with tabcompletion, a Gtk2 frontend, and a Qt4 frontend. It allows updating of selected fileparts while providing a lot of automation.
  • FcronQ
    FcronQ is an Fcron GUI for Linux. Fcron is an advanced periodical command scheduler that aims to replace its predecessors.
  • GNOME Crontab Editor
    GNOME Crontab Editor is a graphical interface to the crontab program. You can use it to create, delete and edit scheduled tasks using a simple point-and-click interface.
  • GNOME Schedule
    Gnome-schedule is a GNOME GUI for configuring a users crontab. It was made for Vixie cron whom comes with Fedora Linux, but should work with other cron servers aswell if the format of the config file is similar.
  • GShutdown
    GShutdown is an advanced shutdown utility which allows you to schedule the shutdown or the restart of your computer, or logout your actual session.
    JACAL is a suite of programs, scripts, guidelines, protocols, documentation, diskettes, etc. that assist in quick, network based loads/builds of machines.
  • jobqueue
    jobqueue is a program for executing jobs in parallel to complete all jobs as quickly as possible. It can be used to distribute a set of jobs to a specific number of processors and/or machines. New jobs are started as older jobs finish.
  • Kroneko
    Kroneko is a system scheduling utility which uses cron, anacron and at as the backend.
  • Linux Test For X
    Linux Test For X is a "script" based X-Windows GUI automation tool. Its primary purpose is to help assist with creating automated tests in the X environment by driving the X interface.
  • mcron
    The GNU package mcron (Mellor's cron) is a 100% compatible replacement for Vixie cron. It is written in pure Guile, and allows configuration files to be written in scheme (as well as Vixie's original format) for infinite flexibility in specifying when jobs should be run.
  • Micron
    Micron aims to replace Vixie Cron, offering the same feature set with fewer security concerns and a smaller memory footprint.
  • Narcisse81
    Narcisse81 is a front-end (GTK+) for Diogene87, a powerful job scheduler system.
  • noexcuses
    Noexcuses is a disaster recovery utility. It makes cron jobs persist when faced with transient remote errors. It makes cron jobs persist across reboots of the local cron host. It identifies and runs cron jobs scheduled while the cron host was down. It can mirror its state to protect the above from disk failure. It supports relocation of cron jobs to another cron host. It lets you report, examine, cancel, and run outstanding cron jobs.
  • OpenAPC
    OpenAPC is an APC (Advanced Process Control) solution that is highly flexible and configurable and covers a wide range of automation, visualization, and process control tasks from home control up to industrial automation.
  • PushOut
    PushOut is designed for administrators who manage multiple systems and need the ability to run a single script against multiple machines (as root) automatically, without logging into each box independently and without installing any software on the remote system.
  • Queue
    Queue is a load-balancing system that lets users control their remote jobs in an intuitive, transparent and nearly seamless way. Development versions feature job migration with and without kernel support. Windows support is planned.
  • runcronjobs
    runcronjobs processes the execution of centralized cron jobs for a pool of servers. The cron jobs are any executable files. runcronjobs runs cron jobs located in a given directory if the current host is specified as a target host for the jobs in question. It allows you to centralize all the cron jobs of a set of servers in a common shared directory.
  • Saturn
    Saturn is a job scheduler for networks that makes it to control local and remote job scheduling through simple commands similar to crontab, or through a graphical interface.
  • Secrond
    Secrond is a light-weight cron implementation that allows running of user-specified programs at periodic scheduled times, handling tasks in intervals of seconds rather than minutes, as well as hours and days.
  • shush
    shush runs a command and optionally reports its output by mail. It is a useful wrapper around cron jobs.
  • SMiaB
    (shareware) The System Manager in a Box (SMiaB) is PegaSoft's first release, a tool for easy configuration, tuning and administation of Linux systems. SMiaB performs basic Linux administration tasks such as: reporting configuration problems with common Linux packages, give tuning tips for common Linux packages, giving an overview of activity and job control on a computer, performing daily administration tasks, and running your own regular administration scripts.
  • Tasche
    The Tasche project is a program which implement tasks schedule system using by Linux configuration tools: Cron and At. Program can create, modify and remove Cron and At jobs.
  • TaskForest
    TaskForest is a simple but expressive job scheduler that allows you to chain jobs and tasks and to create time dependencies. It uses plain-text configuration files to specify task dependencies. It is designed for use on a single machine.
  • tcron
    tcron integrates 'cron' with ATX power-up capability. It can do multiple cron jobs with power-up/shutdown a day.
  • UMLazi
    UMLazi is a management tool for configuring and running User-Mode Linux based virtual machines. By setting a few simple configuration variables, UMLazi can control disk layout, network configuration, memory usage, and processor priority, among other things.
  • VA SystemImager
    VA SystemImager makes the installation of Linux to masses of similar machines relatively easy.

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