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Review: Open-Source Office Suites Compared

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informationweek.com: In search of an alternative to Microsoft Office, we test OpenOffice.org, StarOffice from Sun, IBM's Lotus Symphony, KOffice for Linux, and AbiWord.

10 Things Songbird Does That iTunes Can’t

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Songbird turned 1.0 this week, and aims to do to iTunes what Firefox did to Internet Explorer. That is, it aims to take the basic design of something closed and proprietary, and turn it into something open and extensible and fun. Songbird aims to give the power back to the people.

Revival of your favourite admin-tool

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alediaferia.wordpress: Times ago metellius posted this “Idea of the week: Universal config file user interface” and among the comments someone talked about the good old KConfigEditor.

Viewing text files

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easierbuntu.blogspot: One of the central philosophies behind Unix, which Linux has inherited from it, is that configuration files should be plain text. For this reason, Linux has a lot of incredibly powerful tools to enable you to manipulate text files. I'm going to go through several that you can use to view text files from the command line.

gcompris: educational suite for children

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debaday.debian.net: As a parent, have you ever wondered if kids can use FOSS to have fun and learn at the same time? As a teacher, have you ever wondered how to teach using a computer and FOSS tools? The answer is gcompris.

PDF editing on linux

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aldeby.org: PDF editing in linux is still somehow tricky nowadays. This post aims at putting together the currently available resources for manipulating PDF documents.

Opera 10.0 Alpha 1 on openSUSE 11.1 - Review

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benkevan.com: I thought i’d give a quick review of Opera 10.0 Alpha 1 that I recently installed on my openSUSE 11.1 RC1 box.

Alternate Linux desktops

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linuxpoison.blogspot: Most Linux users are familiar with KDE and GNOME. If you have some old PC with minimum hardware and want to run GUI on it then in this case the list of window manager provided below will help you to chose one ..

Forensic investigation using free Linux tools

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linux-tip.net: An administrator of a company has been accused of hoarding illegal material of questionable moral content on his company network system. You have been called upon to examine the suspect server and unearth evidence related to the said illegal material. Your boss have told you that you are not allowed to shutdown the server.

Let’s talk about Python 3.0

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b-list.org: I really like Python. It’s my language of choice for new projects, my language of choice for hacking up quick things to play with and the language I get to work with every day at my job. Python fits my brain in ways that no other programming language ever has. But

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