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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?

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The community-led renaissance of open source

With few commercial participants, early free software and open source communities were, by definition, community-led. Software was designed and created organically by communities of users in response to their needs and inspiration. The results, to a degree nobody predicted, were often magical. First-generation open source businesses like Red Hat emerged to respond to these needs. They combined the best of both worlds: the flexibility and control of raw open source with the commercial support that enterprises depend on. These new open source businesses found their opportunity by adding the missing—but necessary—commercial services to community-led open source projects. These services would be costly for organizations to provide on their own and potentially even more costly to do without. One early leader of that era, Cygnus Solutions, even adopted the counter-intuitive tagline "Making free software affordable." But back then, it was always overwhelmingly clear: The commercial vendors were in service of the community, filling in around the edges to enable commercial applications. The community was the star, and the companies were the supporting cast. Read more

Election fraud: Is there an open source solution?

Can open source technology help keep our elections honest? With its Trust The Vote Project, the Open Source Election Technology (OSET) Institute is working on making that a reality for elections in the United States and around the world. The project is developing an open, adaptable, flexible, full-featured, and innovative elections technology platform called ElectOS. It will support all aspects of elections administration and voting, including creating, marking, casting, and counting ballots and managing all back-office functions. The software is freely available under an Open Source Initiative (OSI)-recognized public license for adoption, adaptation, and deployment by anyone, including elections jurisdictions directly or, more commonly, commercial vendors or systems integrators. Read more

Meld is an excellent file and folder comparison tool for Windows and Linux

Ever had two sets of the same files and folders and couldn't decide which one to retain? It may take a long time to actually open each to verify the one that's recent or the one you need; while dates associated with the files may help, they won't all the time as they don't tell you anything about the actual content. This is where file comparison tools can be time-savers. Meld is an open source file comparison tool for Windows and Linux for exactly that purpose. Read more