Get Organized With BasKet

by Ostatic Staff - Mar. 26, 2010

Looking for an Evernote replacement on Linux? Take a look at BasKet! The BasKet Note Pads project is moving full steam ahead once again. The project has just released the first beta for BasKet 2.0, which is the long-awaited port to the KDE 4 platform using Qt4 and KDE 4 platform technologies like Akonadi and Nepomuk.

Development of BasKet looked shaky for some time. The project stalled for some time due to lack of developer interest. The KDE 4 version was initially predicted "in late 2008," and long periods have gone with no word at all about the status of the project. This just goes to show that open source projects never really die: They just wait for the next maintainer.

BasKet is a note-taking application, but it's a bit more like that. Think of it as a precursor to Evernote, but not proprietary and with a full-featured Linux client. BasKet allows you to create all sorts of free-form notes, or structured documents. BasKet allows you to save all manner of files inside of notes, and even has the ability to password protect and encrypt notes if you want to use BasKet to save sensitive information.

BasKet even has a online service in development for publishing and sharing baskets online.

Though BasKet is usable on any Linux desktop, it's developed with KDE in mind. BasKet can be embedded in the Kontact Personal Information Manager (PIM) suite, so KDE users that work with the Kontact suite can make good use of BasKet alongside their other productivity apps.

The 2.0 beta release marks the end of support and development for the 1.x series for KDE 3. Users already on BasKet should look into upgrading to 2.0 as it becomes available. Source is available on the BasKet site, and packages for 2.0 are available from Launchpad for Ubuntu 10.04 and from the openSUSE Build Service for openSUSE 11.2.