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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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Kega Fusion
Kega Fusion is an impressive multi-console emulator created by Steve Snake. The emulator supports most of the Sega consoles, including the GameGear, Genesis (Mega Drive), Master System, Sega 32X, Sega CD, Sega Pico, SG-1000, SG-3000 and SF-7000. Read more


  • herold
    Herold converts HTML files to DocBook files.
  • s6-linux-utils
    s6-linux-utils is a set of minimalistic Linux-specific system utilities.
  • udevil
    udevil is a command line Linux program which mounts and unmounts removable devices without a password, shows device info, and monitors device changes.
  • umv
    umv renames existing users, changing their home directory and updating all system files. It also searches the users home directory for configuration files and changes the path information in them as well. It keeps a log of the files changed for each user.
  • Unco
    Unco is a wrapper program which records the changes made to files by programs so they can be undone.
  • undistract-me
    undistract-me alerts you when long-running commands finally complete.
  • unieject
    unieject is a drop-in replacement for usual eject command, which works on Linux and FreeBSD. It has more functionalities than FreeBSD's eject command, and it's partially compatible with Linux's one.
  • Unpack
    automates the process of extracting source tarballs to a fixed location, by default $HOME/src or /tmp, after first checking that the tarball will create its own subdirectory
  • unrm
    unrm is a small shell utility which can, under some circumstances, recover almost 99% of your erased data.
  • uschedule
    uschedule is not cron and uschedule is not at - it does offer similar functionality, but is not intended to be a drop-in replacement. It works differently. It?s designed to be different.
  • userinfo
    Userinfo is a console utility to display a variety of information about a local user. It uses loadable modules to perform different tasks which separate the output with a field deliminator. Some may find it useful in shell scripts to gather information which might be tedious by other methods.
  • utfout
    utfout is a command-line tool that can produce UTF-8 (Unicode) strings in various ways and direct them to standard output, standard error or direct to the terminal without the need for shell support.
  • v
    v uses viminfo's list of recently edited files to open one quickly no matter where you are in the filesystem. Read more
  • vcprompt
    vcprompt prints a short string, to be included in your shell prompt, with barebones information about the current working directory for various version control systems.
  • Virt-df
    Virt-df is a df implementation for virtual guests. The program is meant to be run on the host or dom0 to display disk space used and available on all partitions within all guests. There is no need to run any software or agent inside the guests. It is compatible with most Linux and Windows guests.
  • Virt-top
    Virt-top is a top-like utility for showing statistics of virtualized domains. Many keys and command line options are the same as for ordinary top. It uses libvirt, so it is capable of showing statistics across a variety of different virtualization systems.
  • vmanpg
    vmanpg is an svgalib-based pager designed for viewing man pages, which shows them in much the same way as `xman'.
  • vn-console
    Vietnamese language support on the linux console; VISCII 1.1 vietnamese fonts & keymaps for the Linux console; filter for manipulating and converting vietnamese text in various formats, including sortable format.
  • volcheck
    volcheck is a functional port of the Solaris volcheck program to Linux. The code is written from scratch.
  • vramfs
    vramfs is a utility that uses the FUSE library to create a file system in VRAM. The idea is pretty much the same as a ramdisk, except that it uses the video RAM of a discrete graphics card to store files. It is not intented for serious use, but it does actually work fairly well, especially since consumer GPUs with 4GB or more VRAM are now available.
  • waitclose
    waitclose is a trivially simple program that is useful in scripts that need to wait for a user to insert cdroms. If the disc drive is empty it will eject it.
  • WCD
    Wcd is a program to change directory fast. It saves time typing at the keyboard. One needs to type only a part of a directory name and wcd will jump to it. By default wcd searches for a directory with a name that begins with what has been typed, but the use of wildcards is also fully supported.
  • WeedIt
    weedit is a file duplicate scanner with database support. It uses CRC32, MD5, and file size to scan for duplicates. Files that are deleted are automatically removed from the database when a duplicate is found. It will only rescan files if the creation time or last write time change. It will only delete duplicated files if the parameter for deleting is used.
  • whatpix
    whatpix is a small perl program which keeps a database of MD5 checksums of files. It was written to supplement Usenet binary decoders (such as 'aub'), in that they (usually) indiscriminately download files you already have.
  • which
    Which is a utility that prints out the full path of the executables that bash would execute when the passed program names would have been entered on the shell prompt.
  • whohas
    whohas is a command line tool that allows querying several package lists at once - currently supported are Arch, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Slackware (and, Source Mage, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Fink and DarwinPorts.
  • Whowatch
    Whowatch is an interactive who-like program that displays information about the users currently logged on to the machine, in real time.
  • wmtheme
    wmtheme is a command-line program to manage window manager themes.
  • Working Directory
    Working Directory lets you store a handful of commonly used directories in short, easy to type slots. It is intended for terminal users who deal with deep or scattered directory structures. It requires only perl and bash.
  • wtail
    wtail does the equivalent of tail -f on several files at once.
  • wtch
    wtch periodically runs a shell command COMMAND and watches its output. When it changes it runs shell command ACTION.
  • x_x
    x_x is a command line reader that displays either Excel files or CSVs in your terminal.
  • xbiso
    xbiso is an iso extraction utillity for xdvdfs images.
  • xclip
    xclip is a command line utility that provides an interface to the X selection (the clipboard) from the command line.
  • xclose
    xclose is a simple console tool which will allow you to close all the top-level windows in your X session which match a particular pattern.
  • xcv
    xcv wraps the cp, mv and ls built in commands.
  • xdf ( the exquisite df )
    xdf ( exquisite df ) - a souped-up version of df(1), offering flexible field, units, and filesystem type selection and a choice of output layouts and formats, that runs on Unix, Linux, BSD, and Cygwin.
  • Xin
    Xin reads from standard input splitting the data up into sections. Each section is piped into a command separately.
  • xjobs
    xjobs reads job descriptions line by line and executes them in parallel. It limits the number of parallel executing jobs and starts new jobs when jobs finish. Therefore, it combines the arguments from every input line with the utility and arguments given on the command line. If no utility is given as an argument to xjobs, then the first argument on every job line will be used as utility. To execute utility xjobs searches the directories given in the PATH environment variable and uses the first file found in these directories.
  • z
    z tracks your most used directories, based on 'frequency'. Read more
  • zscroll
    zscroll is a text scroller for panels or the shell.
  • zshist
    zshist is a simple python script to read .zsh_history written with EXTENDED_HISTORY option, and display the timestamp in a human-readable format. As a bonus it can colourise the output.

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