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GNU PDF to fill missing gap in functionality

For many average users, GNU/Linux support for PDF files may seem reasonably advanced. They can create PDF files in programs like OpenOffice.org, read them with programs like Kpdf, and edit them in programs like pdftk or PDFedit. But that's not the whole story, says José Marchesi, founder of the recently created GNU PDF project:

Has it been a week with Ubuntu already?

Its been an interesting experience so far - notably my reading and writing of blogs has suffered as I’ve been tinkering and tweaking, but I think I now have a stable environment, notably:

GIMP User Manual 2.4.0 Released

After four months of hard work we are proud to announce another release of the user manual. It features:

  • documentation for GIMP 2.4
  • new content, spelling and grammar fixes for English, German, French, Russian, Italian, Norwegian and Spanish
  • an alternate CSS stylesheet for HTML

gOS 1.0.1 - A Quick Review

Ubuntu is great, but every now and again I like to take a look at a different Linux distribution. The other day I finally got around to downloading and having a quick play with gOS, the much talked about operating system installed on the budget Everex PCs sold by Wal-Mart. gOS is an Ubuntu/Debian derivative. Continue reading "gOS 1.0.1 - A Quick Review"

Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” Alpha 1 Released

Late last nite I downloaded the Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 1 release iso and will begin testing soon. I encourage anyone that is apt for adventure, has spare VM space, or otherwise wants to help out to download the image as well.

Ubuntu 7.10 + mythtv

Last month I thought I would return to give Ubuntu a shot at mythtv. This time it was the new release ubuntu 7.10. Last time I tried ubuntu the drivers were so bad for my Nova-T and it was hard to setup that I gave up.

OpenOffice.org 2.3 Impresses

The release of OpenOffice.org 2.3 brings several significant improvements to the open-source office productivity suite, including easier upgrade paths for existing Microsoft Office users, improved measures to prevent security breaches, and an array of snazzy new features introduced in the suite's word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database applications.

A Big List of Sites That Teach You How To Do Stuff

With all due respect to Kevin Smith, the web is no longer only for complaining about movies. In fact, there are a large number of very helpful sites that teach you how to do things. These are do-it-yourself sites, but we're not talking about building a deck or baking a cake -- the web is full of more general interest sites that give quality instruction on all sorts of fun and useful projects. Including, sometimes, how to build a deck or bake a cake.

Firefox 3 location bar just became almighty

So far, the most useful new feature I’ve found in Firefox 3 is the  much improved location bar autocomplete that unlike Firefox 2 which only looked for web addresses in my history, this one looks on visited and bookmarked page titles and tags along with web addresses.

Dell moves 40,000 Ubuntu PCs

Dell agreed to ship PCs and laptops with the Ubuntu operating system after more than 130,000 people promoted the notion on the company's IdeaStorm web site. It would seem, however, that only a fraction of these zealots were willing to back their votes with cash.

Linux App Finder: Ease the Pain of Switching

Switching operating systems is not for the faint of heart. You're essentially forcing yourself to do some serious remapping of your ingrained work habits, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth it. With both Vista and Leopard off to somewhat bumpy starts, Linux is starting to look better everyday, but what about all those software tools you're used to from Windows and Mac OS X?

Full Circle Magazine Issue #7 released

The 7th Issue of Full Circle, the Ubuntu Community Magazine has been released!

This issue comes with:

  • Step-by-Step Ubuntu Studio install
  • How-To : Simply Install SSH, A Terminal on your Desktop, Easily
  • Convert from Windows and Learning Scribus pt.7. Review : Wubi Installer
  • Top 5 - Audio/Video Apps.
  • Interview with Howard County Library.
  • News, Letters, Q&A, MyDesktop and more!

Get it while it’s hot! The English language versions can be downloaded here. English language only at the moment, translations on the way.

Hotwire blends the command line with the GUI

Try to describe Hotwire, and you'll eventually wind up saying something that sounds like an oxymoron, like "command-line GUI," "graphical shell" or "GUI xterm." Well, that's pretty much what Hotwire is: something halfway between a text-based shell and a modern graphical user interface.

Google toys with Digg-like voting to prioritize search results

Though Google is at the top of the search engine food chain, the mega site is taking a page from successful social indexing sites like Digg by testing out a new feature that will allow users to vote up their favorite search results and ignore results that aren’t individually pertinent.

Malicious Linux Instructions

Tom Dryer offers some good advice to novice Linux users concerning the execution of malicious terminal commands/shell scripts:

Don't run a command if you don't understand what it is doing and don't run commands from untrusted people or places. Check with someone you trust if you are not sure, or check out the command's manual page.

Malicious Command Warning

I’d like to take a moment of your time to discuss a recent disturbing trend the staff has been noticing on the forums, and also take this as an opportunity to raise awareness of this situation through education.

Ubuntu without “win key”

This post is an adaptation of one post I made on my portuguese blog. It may contain some write errors (especially on manicurist part). One day I was talking with my friend (and GSoC Guy) Lucas Veloso, and I solved a problem that bother many Linux users: the use of “win key”.

Writer's Café: An IDE for writers

Legend has it that a Moleskine notebook and a pen were the tools of choice for Chatwin and Hemingway -- but that's because they didn't have Writer’s Café. Designed specifically for writing professionals, this application suite includes a few clever features that make it a must-have tool, whether you write for a living or for fun. Although the Writer's Café developers state that it's most suited for writing fiction, novels, and short stories, you can easily use it for all kinds of writing activities.

Make your home come alive with Heyu

I have used X10 modules on assorted lights and devices for home automation for several years, and although the remote control facet has always worked well, tying the system into my Linux boxes has never been easy. Numerous small, typically one-person X10 controller projects have come and gone. But one application has survived: Heyu. It runs on desktop Linux machines without requiring the overhead of a Web or database server, and it enables direct X10 control, event scheduling, and more.

What if we never have the year of the Linux desktop?

Every year since 2004 has been touted as the year of the Linux desktop. That year where Linux of some flavor makes huge inroads into the home and work desktop scene. Every year these predictions have fallen short. Now 2008 being the year of the Linux desktop stories are already making the rounds.

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