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This is a sticky post and will be updated regularly.

Information Systems


  • Name: Obsidian
  • Intention: Wikipedia-style, mark-down information system
  • FOSS: no (freeware)
  • OS: Linux, Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS

  • Name: BookStack
  • Intention: Documentation-style information system
  • FOSS: yes
  • OS: Self-hosted

  • Name: Zettlr
  • Intention: Wikipedia-style, mark-down information system
  • FOSS: yes
  • OS: Linux, Windows, MacOS

Memorisation Systems


  • Name: Anki
  • Intention: Spaced repetition system flashcards
  • FOSS: open-source, free
  • OS: Linux, Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS

Office Applications


  • Name: Libre Office Suite
  • Intention: Writer, presentations, spreadsheets, etc.
  • FOSS: yes
  • OS: Linux, Windows, MacOS

  • Name: TeXstudio
  • Intention: LaTeX editor
  • FOSS: yes
  • OS: Linux, Windows, MacOS

Miscellaneous


  • Name: Minder
  • Intention: Mindmap creation tool
  • FOSS: yes
  • OS: Linux

  • Name: Forest
  • Intention: Study timer and distraction removal tool
  • FOSS: no (paid application)
  • OS: Android, iOS, add-on

  • Name: GoodTime
  • Intention: Study timer
  • FOSS: yes
  • OS: Android (available on F-Droid)

@adamxweb
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Any idea why Obsidian is more popular than Joplin? I’ve been using Joplin for a few years but am tempted to try out Obsidian

@enebe
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As an open source alternative to Obsidian, I’m loving Zettlr. The only drawback for me it’s that it’s Electron based, but welp, still worth it

  • Name: Zettlr
  • Intention: Markdown editor and knowledge database (zettelkasten)
  • FOSS: open-source, free
  • OS: Linux, Windows, MacOS
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This looks great; I’m going to look into perhaps switching over later - just added it to the list!

Evan
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all I want for christmasssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

is obsidian to be open sourced!

Nathan John Cooper
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It would be so incredible to have this happen!

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  • Name: TeXstudio
  • LaTeX editor
  • FOSS: open-source, free
  • OS: Linux, Windows
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Obsidian is also on android 🤙

Nathan John Cooper
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Just updated - thanks.

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Any reason why you did not add texstudio to your list but ten others?

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Added it now - I had to look into it first as I didn’t recognise it, that’s all.

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Is obsidian really free software? I don’t think it is

Nathan John Cooper
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Yeah, it’s completely free and can even be user without internet.

If you want to host your content on their servers though (for a website or sync), that costs money.

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Foss stands for free open source software but the free refers to libre, not gratis, not the price.

Since obsidian is not even open source (vs closed source) I don’t think it can be free (libre). And even if it would be open source, it doesn’t mean that it is libre. It could also have a weird or no license. Gpl v3 is a good example of a libre license.

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Ahhhh, I see; thankyou very much for this, I’ll change it!

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