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Go-oo - OpenOffice with a twist

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dedoimedo.com: All your friends and business partners run Microsoft Office and you cannot afford to have any blunders when reading their documents. Likewise, you don't want to have your presentations all garbled up when you import them from Impress to PowerPoint. What about Office 2007? What about macros in your Excel sheets?

CAD Programs for Linux

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ghacks.net: Often, when I ask why users don’t adopt Linux, I am met with the response “There are no CAD (Computer Aided Design) applications. Now I will confess that I know next to nothing about CAD, so I thought I would take a moment to highlight some of the CAD applications available for the Linux operating system.

Get Decked: A Look at TweetDeck

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linux-mag.com: Having trouble keeping up with your social media? The TweetDeck crew released a major update to the “social dashboard” this week that adds support for Facebook and MySpace. Now you can update several major services and bring order to your social media universe.

Gnome Shell – Your Next Desktop Environment

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maketecheasier.com: There’s been some grumbling among the Gnome community about if and when Gnome would have a major overhaul. Well with Gnome 3 we’ll have it in the form of Gnome Shell. It pretty much replaces the panel and window manager in a normal Gnome installation with a fully composited environment with some great new functionality.

Synergy: A software KVM switch (without the “V”)

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linuxcritic.wordpress: Because I’m constantly doing things on both machines, I’m always switching between my regular keyboard for my desktop machine and my laptop’s keyboard, and likewise with the two mice. Synergy eliminates that switching.

3 Software Applications For Chemistry Students

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makeuseof.com: An often overlooked aspect when compared with other more popular operating systems, Ubuntu enables students of various ages and topics to access a wealth of educational software.

GNOME Journal Issue 16 Released!

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  • Putting the Network back into G(N)OME - An Interview with John Palmieri
  • Writing Open Source Conference
  • Behind the Scenes with Lucas Rocha

Mono Survey Time!

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tirania.org/blog: In this survey, I want to know how much people are willing to pay for (or not pay) for Mono commercial support on a variety of platforms: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris on a variety of architectures.

Replacing X11

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elevenislouder.blogspot: MicroXwin is a kernel module Xlib compatible graphics system, but it isn't client/server oriented and is not network oriented. It is binary compatible but uses only 1 to 2 mb of RAM.

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