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5 open source office suites to watch

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Software

computerworld.com.au: The Microsoft Office productivity suite has risen to become the dominant application of its type for business IT management. But there are open source office productivity suites available that may provide a suitable alternative to Office.

A fresher Linux desktop

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Software

mybroadband.co.za: It's been a long time in the coming but this year Linux will get a makeover, thanks to the Gnome project. In September the Gnome team, makers of one of the most popular desktop interfaces for Linux, will release version 3.0 of their desktop environment and they are promising "big user-visible changes".

Also: Gnome-Shell, I changed my mind

Symbian is Open Source - Really?

  • Symbian is Open Soruce - Really?
  • Symbian won't lead an open source revolution
  • Symbian tablets 'very likely', says Foundation chief

Linux Foundation Announces 2010 “We’re Linux”

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Linux
  • Linux Foundation Announces 2010 “We’re Linux” Video Contest: The Linux Super Bowl Ad
  • I’m Linux, you’re Linux, we’re all Linux!
  • Linux Foundation announces "We're Linux" video contest

today's leftovers:

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News
  • NVIDIA Publishes 195.xx Linux Driver Beta
  • Symbian using Drupal
  • Raising Money for OSS Projects: How Can We Improve?
  • A marvelous comic book archive viewer
  • Video: Nautilus + CoverFlow = Awesome
  • Windows Genealogy Programs on Linux
  • [release] ArchBang 1.04
  • Help The 'Ubuntu Welcome Tour' Project
  • Sigh! A simple USB stick causes so many problems.
  • Can Android survive its forks and fragments?
  • MySQL Founder Monty Widenius On What to Expect Next: Part 2
  • Wordpress for Android - A Blogger's Dream App
  • eHomosapien Metacity Now Available To Download
  • Latest, Greatest, Scariest, and the Future of Information
  • Blogilo: A Powerful Blogging Client
  • Apple, Google, and the importance of Bing
  • Registration now open for Texas Linux Fest 2010
  • The Linux Link Tech Show Episode 339
  • TuxRadar: Podcast Season 2 Episode 1

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Securing a Linux Wireless Access Point
  • Selecting color in GIMP
  • How to enhance the physical security posture of your Linux/BSD-powered PC
  • How to Import / Export (Backup / Restore) MySQL Database
  • HOWTO: Bootstrapping Gentoo on the Mini2440
  • How to Manage Multiple SSH Connections in Ubuntu with SSHMenu
  • dpkg error: trying to overwrite A which is also in B
  • lpr: error - no default destination available
  • Check and repair corrupted tables on MySQL database
  • HOWTO get alternate characters from a Linux keyboard

Linux Mint 8: Polished, Professional and Nearly Perfect

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Linux

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: The last time I wrote about Linux Mint was when version 5, the Fluxbox Community Edition, launched in 2008, and I was mightily impressed. So, what's new in Mint 8? Let's have a look.T

interesting bits in 4.4.0 for plasma-*

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KDE

aseigo.blogspot: With KDE Software Compilation v4.4.0 tagged and going through final release engineering processes, early reviews and discussions about it are appearing around the Internet. It's great to see the interest bubbling around it all.

Outfoxed?

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Moz/FF

oneandoneis2.org: I saw on ars the other day that IE8 and Chrome are the two browsers with the most momentum at the moment: IE8 because it's the least-bad IE version, and Chrome because it's the hot new kid on the block, one imagines. Strange, really, when one considers how Firefox was the browser that came from nowhere and rekindled the browser wars..

Fellow travelers: FOSS media and developers

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OSS

linux-magazine.com: It seems to me that both FOSS journalists and developers seem to have misapprehensions about each other. As a result, scenarios similar to this one are replayed over and over.

BIOS flashing for Linux users now in the wild

apcmag.com: Since the release of its previous version in May 2009, at least 30 additional flash chip families and half a dozen variants for each family are now being supported by Flashrom.

KPackageKit woes

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Software
Ubuntu

zekecoma.blogspot: I remember recently trying the latest version of Kubuntu simple because I was getting sick of compiling with Gentoo. Well Kubuntu was fine and dandy. But when it came to install software I had to use the new KPackageKit. What a bloody pain in the arse.

Mozilla Sponsors GNOME Accessibility Efforts

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Software
Moz/FF

gnome.org/press/releases: The GNOME Foundation is happy to announce a substantial donation from the Mozilla Corporation to benefit the GNOME Project's accessibility efforts. The donation will help continue the collaborative efforts between GNOME and Mozilla on Accessibility.

IBM launches Lotus Symphony 3 beta; Office alternatives pile up

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Software

blogs.zdnet.com: IBM on Thursday rolled out the beta of Lotus Symphony 3.0, its free office productivity suite built on the OpenOffice.org code base. This is a big upgrade as indicated by the jump from version 1.3 to 3. The beta is available for Linux desktops, Mac OS X, and Windows.

Symbian’s EPL versus The Linux GPL.

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OS

Wherein your humble author attempts a quick and dirty rundown of the key differences between the software license covering Symbian’s new open OS and the GNU General Public License that’s served the Linux community for many years.

Note that much of what follows has been cobbled together from Wikipedia pages, so feel free to enlighten and/or correct in the comments below this post…

Ready? Here we go...

Lyx – Easy LaTex without Spell Check

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Software

terminally-incoherent.com/blog: I am a vocal WYSIWYG hater. It is a deeply flawed paradigm and a UI dead end as far as I’m concerned. WYSIWYG will always be quirky, annoying and frustrating by design. This is why I use LaTex. Of course some people just don’t like to learn, and this is why we have Lyx.

Fresh Version of Linux Mint Offers Tweaks and Updates

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Linux

linuxplanet.com: When last we looked at Linux Mint we gave it high marks on the user-friendly scale for administration and productivity applications. The latest release takes the distro to new heights of the same with a few new added touches to boot.

The Small Picture: More OpenOffice.org Extensions

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OOo

linuxjournal.com: Every few weeks, I like to browse the OpenOffice.org Extensions site to see what is available, and what people are using. New extensions that are both useful and well-designed seem to be getting few and far between. However, if you search patiently, you can still find extensions worth trying.

Also: OpenOffice.org 3.2.0 Release Candidate 5 available

Health Check: FreeBSD - "The unknown giant"

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BSD

h-online.com: FreeBSD is the most accessible and popular of the BSDs, has code at the heart of Darwin and Apple's OS X, and has powered some of the more successful sites on the Web, including Hotmail, Netcraft and Yahoo!, which before the rise of Google was the busiest site on the internet.

Hands-on: new single-window mode makes GIMP less gimpy

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GIMP

arstechnica.com: The venerable GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is undergoing a significant transformation. The next major release, version 2.8, will introduce an improved user interface with an optional single-window mode. Although this update is still under heavy development, users can get an early look.

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