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January 2007

Now revealed! Secrets of line spacing in OpenOffice.org Writer

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HowTos

The fact that OpenOffice.org Writer is more than a word processor is an open secret. It includes a number of tools for tweaking lines of text, including Tools > Language > Hyphenation and the tools for adjusting character width and letter space for individual characters. However, by far the least understood of these high-end tools is Writer's ability to adjust line-spacing.

DragonFly BSD's Virtual Pace

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BSD

DragonFly BSD continues its evolution with version 1.8, almost four years after being forked from the FreeBSD 4.x code base. New kernel virtualization features top a long list of system improvements over version 1.6, as the operating system looks ahead to broader commercial adoption.

A Vista vs. Linux Matchup - Part 3: Hardware Wars

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OS

This is Part 3 of a series that pits Microsoft's new Vista OS against Linux's fair-haired boy, Ubuntu. At the conclusion of Part 2, our fearless curmudgeon had just finished configuring his test system to dual-boot Vista Ultimate and SimplyMEPIS 6.01, an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution with a KDE desktop.

Fluendo media decoders sound bad to open source advocates

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Software

Thanks to Fluendo, Linux and Solaris users on a variety of processor architectures can now purchase playback support for patent-encumbered audio and video formats. Similar support from free alternatives, whether they rely on copying Windows DLLs or use original code, all violate existing patent law. The mere existence of Fluendo's plugins needles a bevy of critics, but Fluendo is prepared to answer them all.

Red Hat Expands Its Channel

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Linux

Red Hat intends to grow open service practices in the IT marketplace with the launch of its new Red Hat Certified Service Provider Program (CSP). It's all part of Red Hat's continuing effort to expand its install base and fend off competitors like Oracle's Unbreakable Linux and Novell's SUSE Enterprise Linux.

Also: Interview: Matthew Szulik, Red Hat

BasKet Note Pads - KDE notes

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Software

BasKet Note Pads is a multi purpose note taking application. With BasKet Note Pads you can easily paste images, links, email addresses, files, application launchers, colors etc.

Using tags to browse through source code

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Linux

When you read source code, often you need to look for definitions of functions, classes, or other objects. Editors such as Emacs and Vim help you browse the code by supporting the concept of tags.

Parallel Knoppix 2.3 LiveCD

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Linux

A new release of Parallel Knoppix is out, which is a Knoppix-based distribution for cluster computing using LAM-MPI and MPICH. Among the updates in Parallel Knoppix 2.3 is updates against Debian unstable.

Turbolinux preps multimedia player with bootable Linux

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Linux

Japan's Turbolinux will begin selling its Wizpy Linux-based multimedia player in February. As a bonus, the device can also be used to boot a PC into the Linux OS, allowing users to access their files in their own working environment on almost any PC.

Howtos:

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HowTos
  • Changing file associations in ubuntu is as easy

  • Switching from Sun-Java5 to Sun-Java6 in Ubuntu6.10 (edgy)
  • Consolidate your gnome menus with gnome-main-menu

  • Tip of the Trade: Kickstart
  • How-To turn off beep from virtual console
  • What is umask and how to setup default umask under Linux?

More in Tux Machines

Linux company SUSE outbids competitors for fast-growing start-up Rancher Labs

  • Linux company SUSE outbids competitors for fast-growing start-up Rancher Labs

    SUSE, a Linux distribution company controlled by private equity firm EQT, has agreed to acquire Rancher Labs, a start-up with technology that helps organizations run software in virtual containers across many servers. The companies announced the deal Wednesday but didn't disclose the terms. Two people familiar with the deal said SUSE is paying $600 million to $700 million. The transaction suggests that even during a recession, demand remains high for technology that can enable companies to operate more efficiently. Talks between the companies began in the spring, and the process became competitive with additional bids, Ursheet Parikh, a partner at Rancher backer Mayfield Fund, told CNBC on Tuesday. There were "lots of Zoom calls," Parikh said. In the past few years, with the rise of start-ups such as Docker, containers became a trendy alternative to more traditional virtualization technology for running applications on each computer server in a company data center. Amazon, Microsoft and other cloud providers came out with services that developers can use to place code in containers, and in 2017 SUSE introduced its own service for managing containers. The companies haven't finalized integration plans as the deal still faces regulatory approval.

  • SUSE to Acquire Rancher Labs, Creating World’s Largest Organization Exclusively Dedicated to Powering Digital Transformation With Open Source and Cloud Native Solutions

    Today, SUSE embarks on a new chapter in our incredible 28-year journey. I am thrilled to share that, SUSE has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Rancher Labs, a market-leading, Enterprise Kubernetes Management vendor based in Cupertino, California.    This is an incredible moment for SUSE and for our industry, as two open source leaders join forces to create the world’s largest independent organization dedicated exclusively to powering digital transformation with open source and cloud native solutions. I want to share my perspective on why we chose Rancher, and how this acquisition will benefit our customers, partners, and communities.

Android Leftovers

Qt Creator 4.12.4 released

We are happy to announce the release of Qt Creator 4.12.4 ! In this release of Qt Creator we fixed C++ debugging on iOS devices, and adapted MCU support to the new Qt for MCU 1.3 release. Have a look at our change log for a more complete list of improvements. The opensource version is available on the Qt download page under "Qt Creator", and you find commercially licensed packages on the Qt Account Portal. Qt Creator 4.12.4 is also available as an update in the online installer. Please post issues in our bug tracker. You can also find us on IRC on #qt-creator on chat.freenode.net, and on the Qt Creator mailing list. Read more

AWOW AK41 Mini Desktop PC – Running Linux – Week 1

This is a weekly blog chronicling my experiences of running the AWOW AK41 Mini Desktop PC on Linux. The small-form-factor revolution began in the 2000s. Many desktops have reduced from half-size towers to compact cubes to, in their most extreme reduction, sticks not much larger than a USB flash drive. How’s that been viable? A significant factor has been graphics acceleration and other essential features being subsumed under the CPU. AWOW has sent us their AK41 Mini Desktop PC. It’s essentially a tiny full-featured computer. It retails at $239.99 / £239.99 and available to purchase from Amazon. Mini PCs typically ship with Windows 10. The AWOW AK41 is no exception. And there’s no option to have a different operating system pre-installed on this machine. That’s commonplace. There’s often a paucity of information available as to whether small-form-factor machines have any hardware issues running the machine on a different operating system. Sometimes, issues can take a while to surface, which often aren’t identified in a standard review. Rather than carrying out a typical review, this series aims to be an in-depth examination of the Mini PC purely from a Linux perspective. Read more