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Finding hidden treasures in OpenOffice 2.0's Charting Wizard

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The chart features in OpenOffice are like a mystery-lover's dream vacation: a huge, mysterious old house with lots of long halls, secret bookcases, dark closets and creaky doors that, when you peer behind them, reveal wonderful secrets. So, here's your tour of the powerful, hidden charting jewels in OpenOffice 2.0.

Finding files with Kat

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One of the most compelling new features of Mac OS X 10.4 was the Spotlight technology-or the ability to search the contents of any file, anywhere on your hard drive and have the results come up instantaneously in a search. Spotlight is still an indispensable tool to many, and it's no wonder that a similar feature is now available for Linux in the form of the Kat Desktop Search Environment.

StarOffice 8: Office Killer?

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I've been using StarOffice 8 since it was released in September 2005, for a variety of different projects, from book chapters to articles and letters and accounts and presentations. StarOffice incorporates five components, called StarOffice Writer, StarOffice Calc, StarOffice Impress (a presentation package), StarOffice Base and StarOffice Draw. This article is a combination of a review of the functionality and my own experiences of using StarOffice 8 for day-to-day tasks.

Microsoft says Open Office.org 10 years behind

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While we await the release of Microsoft Office 2007, promised to hit our shelves before the end of 2006, Yates dismisses open source rival Open Office.org 2.0 as being 10 years out of date.

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New GCC Heavy on Optimization

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The GCC compiler is one of the most fundamental projects in the modern software ecosystem. It has enjoyed a long and storied history that continues to grow with this week's release of version 4.1. Version 4.1 includes numerous optimization and functional improvements over its predecessor.

XGL To Adopt AIGLX Changes

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The cooperation between the XGL and AIGLX projects to bring better interfaces for the Linux desktop continues as David Reveman (Novell) of XGL has agreed to adopt many changes from the AIGLX project sent in by Kristian Hogsberg (Red Hat).

ADODB in PHP vs. ADO in Windows

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ADOdb is a Database Abstraction Library for PHP (and Python). Although it's based on the same concept as Microsoft's ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), it's not the same thing!

Open Source Java: Interview with an Apache Harmony Project Founder

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There is a lot of open source activity currently surrounding Java, from JBoss and Geronimo (open source application servers) to MyFaces and Spring (open source web application frameworks), but Java itself is the last proprietary piece of the puzzle. If Harmony is successful, will Sun still matter? I asked Dalibor Topic, one of the project founders, to tell us more about the history of the project, its importance to the Java community, and plans for the future.

VMware launches $200,000 challenge for virtual appliances

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As if VMware did not already have enough companies lining up to catch the virtualisation wave, the company has launched a contest to spur development.

What is X?

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Everyone likes pretty pictures. The same applies to computers now. The GUI (Graphical User Interface) or “windows functionality” has become part of the machine that everyone now takes for granted. What is this X? What amazing super-GUI powers does it have? This article attempts to tear off its mask and reveal all.

VMware's threat to Microsoft

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First off, I'm not suggesting VMware is gunning for Microsoft. I'm sure Microsoft doesn't give a whole lot of worry to VMware. But maybe they should.

Sourcefire's Roesch pledges long, open-source life for Snort

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There's a lot of skepticism from the Snort users right now because they're in wait-and-see mode, so we need to prove to them that we mean it when we say Snort's going to get a lot better. We're not going to try to close it or anything like that. Once they see how much benefiting, they're going to be really happy.

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Simpler tools for Gnome

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A significant revision of the Gnome desktop environment arriving in mid-March will introduce simple administrator tools designed for locking down desktops and other tasks, according to developers.

GNOME 2.14 targets corporate desktops

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The next version of GNOME will include a number of tools aimed at making it easier for administrators to deploy the Linux desktop environment in enterprises.

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Flock 0.5.11 Released

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Welcome to the 0.5.11 release of Flock. We've got some new goodies since 0.4.10. Flock 0.5.11 imports your bookmarks, passwords, cookies, etc. from Firefox and other browsers. For each favorite, you can now choose to either store it online or keep it local.

For Web editors, Nvu is the ticket

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For home users, free open-source software is the way to go.

This week we'll talk about Nvu (http://www.nvu.com), a free Web page editor that runs on Mac, Windows and Linux. It is a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor - you don't have to write lines and lines of obscure code to create a Web page, even if it does help to understand raw HTML to get through some rough spots.

TW My sysadmin toolbox

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I administer servers and networking equipment in a small to mid-size heterogeneous (but 99.44% *nix) environment. I've worked on projects ranging from NIS-to-LDAP migration for authentication, to the deployment of a 164-CPU Beowulf cluster, to writing an extension to a large OO-PHP application. I'm a generalist, but my favorite areas are LDAP (and authentication in general), database design and administration, and automation (a broad category that includes writing tools and code to glue services together). Here are my favorite tools.

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