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Open Source Office Suites Are Few, But Filled with Applications

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linux.com: Appearances to the contrary, OpenOffice.org and its various offshoots aren't the only choices available to you in terms of full-scale, cross-platform open source office suites. Although alternatives in this space are few, the KDE Project's KOffice is now coming on quite strong, while GNOME Office and Siag Office keep attracting fans, too.

5 Excellent Empathy Themes

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d0od.blogspot: One unique feature of Empathy is the ability to use Adium chat themes – which is great for those looking to have a different chat layout during IM’s.

Sophisticated Picture Taking With gPhoto

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linux.com: My kids were watching a fancy fashion-model photography show recently on television. The shoot director barked orders from under a little tent and squinted at a big monitor. Every time a shot was taken, it magically appeared on the director's monitor. How do they do that?

Opera browser bids for America

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bbc.co.uk: The founder of Opera has said despite its 100m worldwide users, they have a big job ahead conquering America.

On Using Chromium

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everyjoe.com: I recently blogged about two guides on installing Chromium for Ubuntu and I included links to articles that talked about the proper way of installing it as well as enabling the support for Flash. This recent experience with Chromium seems so much better compared to my first attempt at installing it.

How GNOME and KDE spend their money

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linux-magazine.com: Quarterly reports are the stuff of business. In most people's minds, they are as far from the spirit of free and open source software (FOSS) as anyone can imagine. All the same, as non-profit organizations, many FOSS projects issue them. And while your first reaction may be to avoid quarterly reports, they can give some insights into projects, especially if you read between the lines.

5 free Linux Kids Games + 1 extra

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osrevolution.com: Here's a short list of some games that could be played by your toddler and you can find in your friendly package manager.

Free Desktop Publishing with Scribus (Open Source)

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blog.worldlabel.com: Scribus is the leading open source solution for desktop publishing (DTP); it supports professional features like press-ready color separations and PDF output, as well as every media file type under the sun. With Scribus you can design high-end documents with a separate workflow for authors, photographers, and graphic designers in an office environment, but it is easy enough for single-user work, too.

Also: Scribus is a an Art Desktop Publishing Tool for Linux

Surfing The Forge: Sound & MIDI Projects On SourceForge

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linuxjournal.com: SourceForge is one of those long-lived services that have remained relevant to my searches for new and interesting sound and music applications, so I decided to surf the Forge to find recent and maybe some not-so-recent developments in the world of Linux audio.

Great Blender Tutorial

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ostatic.com/blog: The web, and the Blender.org site both abound with Blender tutorials, and the free online book "Blender Basics" is a good place to start learning the application, but Free Software Magazine alerted me to what may be the best free way to master Blender of all: Tufts University's Blender 3D Design online class.

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