How to get the 2011 Scrivener Beta Working on Ubuntu 22.04

    The reason I haven't had time to explore Scrivener's many undoubtedly excellent features is that there isn't a functioning Linux version available. To me, this is bizarre - Literature & Latte created an employable beta many years ago, got it to the stage where it was actually usable and then abandoned it some time in 2011.

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    • How to get the 2011 Scrivener Beta Working on Ubuntu 22.04

      The reason I haven't had time to explore Scrivener's many undoubtedly excellent features is that there isn't a functioning Linux version available. To me, this is bizarre - Literature & Latte created an employable beta many years ago, got it to the stage where it was actually usable and then abandoned it some time in 2011.

    • The Crow's predictions for 2023

      It's that time of year again where bloggers, pundits, professionals, and anyone who wants to be able to say, "told ya so" in 12 months time makes predictions for what's going to happen over the course of the next year. 2022 was been a weird year - although not as odd as the lost pandemic years which preceded it. Here's what the Crow thinks is going happen in 2023...

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