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Inspired by electronic word processor / typewriting devices like the King Jim Pomera DC-100, Freewrite and AlphaSmart Neo, I've been wondering about creating a lightweight Linux distribution to turn a PC (or Raspberry Pi?) into a typewriter. I assumed what I was picturing would already exist, but it doesn't exactly seem to. Others online have suggested something very similar, but I haven't come across an actual working system. Anyway, here's what I'm imagining...
The two web pages below are the most similar descriptions to what I'm imagining. The first (by Scollurio) describes something virtually identical to what I'm picturing, but it's a request for someone to create it! The second is a 2012 how-to from PC World.
Why We Need Dedicated Modern Typewriters by Scollurio - medium.com - Mar 17, 2021
How to turn your laptop into a typewriter by Erez Zukerman - PCWorld - JUL 16, 2012
In Debian Live:
mkdir live cd live/ #lb config #lb config --architectures i386 lb config -a i386 -k 686-pae echo "jed console-setup" >> config/package-lists/my.list.chroot mkdir -p config/includes.chroot/etc/skel cat << EOF >> config/includes.chroot/etc/skel/.bash_login #!/bin/sh # Ted Burke - Typewriter Linux - 9-Oct-2022 # Boot straight into text editor in terminal jed nano EOF mkdir -p config/hooks/live cat << EOF > config/hooks/live/typewriter.hook.chroot #!/bin/sh # Ted Burke - Typewriter Linux - 9-Oct-2022 # Configure console font size echo 'FONTSIZE="16x32"' >> /etc/default/console-setup EOF chmod 755 config/hooks/live/typewriter.hook.chroot sudo lb build sudo cp live-image-i386.hybrid.iso /dev/sdb sudo sync