Bingo! I finally found just the solution to replacing the features of Bean that I love best.
A program called PyRoom will let me get the distraction free full screen mode just like I wanted. I only need to type text - and all the big word processors are so bloated. I like to save all my writing as text files anyway. If I need to pretty them up later - I'll drag them into one of the big processors. But mostly, I just need to get my head down and type. This might be just perfect. I like to make the text really large and display it in a narrow column in the middle of a full empty screen. This helps me catch typos better.
Just fyi - this is what I read about PyRoomhttp://richardherley.blogspot.com/2011/06/pyroom-distraction-free-editor.html
I saw PyRoom available on a Slackware site - can I run any Slackware package easily on Vector?