There's no denying the usefulness of a wiki, even to a non-geek. You can do so much with one—write notes and drafts, collaborate on projects, build complete websites. And so much more.I've used more than a few wikis over the years, either for my own work or at various contract and full-time gigs I've held. While traditional wikis are fine, I really like the idea of desktop wikis. They're small, easy to install and maintain, and even easier to use. And, as you've probably guessed, there are a number a desktop wikis available for Linux.
Once Zim's installed, start it up.
A key concept in Zim is notebooks. They're like a collection of wiki pages on a single subject. When you first start Zim, it asks you to specify a folder for your notebooks and the name of a notebook. Zim suggests "Notes" for the name, and
~/Notebooks/ for the folder. Change that if you want. I did.
After you set the name and the folder for your notebook, click OK. You get what's essentially a container for your wiki pages.
Adding pages to a notebook
So you have a container. Now what? You start adding pages to it, of course. To do that, select File > New Page.
Enter a name for the page, then click OK. From there, you can start typing to add information to that page.