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The GNOME Journal - February 2010

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The February issue of The GNOME Journal is out and ready to read. Articles include: What's New with Banshee, Interview with Jonathan Thomas, creator of the OpenShot, and GNOME Boston Summit 2009.

Deluge – An Unappreciated Cross-Platform BitTorrent Client

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Software There are thousands of BitTorrent clients on the market; that is, thousands of applications you can use to download files using BitTorrent technology. If you’re curious which BitTorrent program is the best I believe is an underappreciated piece of software: Deluge.

Alternative Browsers: Beyond Chrome and Firefox

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Software Looking for a new flavor of Web browser? If the mainstream favorites aren’t doing the trick, or you just want to test drive something new, we take a look at several of the “alternative” Web browsers for the Linux desktop.

5 open source office suites to watch

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Software 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 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

KPackageKit woes

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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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Moz/FF 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 IBM on Thursday rolled out the beta of Lotus Symphony 3.0, its free office productivity suite built on the 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.

Lyx – Easy LaTex without Spell Check

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Software 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.

Free Programs to Create a PDF Document in Linux

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Software Since the invention of PDF format in 1993 PDF documents have become extremely popular tool for exchanging information across the Web. Even now PDF beats more recent DJVU and various e-book formats in terms of popularity.

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