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Create an OpenOffice.org extension the easy way with BasicAddonBuilder

So you've written a nifty OpenOffice.org macro and want to share it with the world. You can, of course, publish the code on your Web site, but a better way to go is to pack it as an easy-to-install OpenOffice.org extension. An extension is just a plain zip archive containing, besides the macro itself, a few XML-based files that OpenOffice.org needs to properly install the package. Theoretically, it's possible to create the required XML files in a text editor, but it would be as effective as digging a garden using a teaspoon. Fortunately, there is a tool that you can use to create an extension in a point-and-click fashion.

Easy to install software stacks for Trac and Redmine with Subversion

In less than 5 minutes, have Trac or Redmine installed and configured with Subversion, Apache, and all other required software.

Console tricks: The art of using manuals

  • PolishLinux.org; By Adam Zieliński (Posted by michux on Nov 12, 2007 11:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
Detailed and proper documentation of source code and programs is the milestone of Unix culture, as we may read in “The art of Unix Programming” by Eric Steven Raymond. The first application on Unix was the platform to prepare documents. The platform was used by Bell Labs to prepare patent documents. Effective work with documentation and searching for needed information is the key feature when working on unix-like systems.

Ubuntu 7.10 & Fedora 8 Performance

Back in March we had compared the performance of Ubuntu and Fedora as we tested Ubuntu 6.10 and Fedora 6 along with development versions of Ubuntu 7.04 and Fedora 7. During those benchmarks, Ubuntu 7.04 Alpha 5 had a slight lead over Fedora but the race was extremely close. In August we compared Ubuntu and Fedora again along with Xubuntu, Mandriva, and SimplyMEPIS, but using older PC hardware. In these benchmarks, the results were also close but Mandriva was the leader. Now with the release of Fedora 8 last week, we have run a new set of benchmarks comparing it to the month-old Ubuntu 7.10.

But Everyone Uses It

Microsoft Office isn't quite as ubiquitous as you'd think. If you break it down by the many versions out there, the alternatives may be in use just as much, and probably offer more bang for your buck.

I have a dream

  • wolfgang.lonien.de; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Nov 12, 2007 8:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
I reported about James Burgett and his non-profit organization ACCRC already - so why am I repeating it? Simple answer: first, it is a really outstanding thing he’s doing, and second, because of personal ideas and involvement. It should be done everywhere, including here. And I’m willing to do it.

Novell, Dell bring SUSE Linux desktops to China

Promises made are promises kept. Novell announced at August's LinuxWorld in San Francisco that it would be bringing SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Service Pack 1 to Chinese users, and that day is almost here. In a blog posting, Kevan Carmony, a Novell spokesperson, announced that SLED systems preinstalled on Dell OptiPlex 330 and 755 commercial desktop PCs will be available later this year.

Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Mandriva 2008.0

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Nov 12, 2007 6:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mandriva
Lighttpd is a secure, fast, standards-compliant web server designed for speed-critical environments. This tutorial shows how you can install Lighttpd on a Mandriva 2008.0 server with PHP5 support (through FastCGI) and MySQL support.

Comparing Linux Distributions - Final Results

I have been experimenting with many different Linux distributions over the last month as I posted here and here. In my review of the various distributions, I was looking for ease of install and ease of use as the most important factors in my personal ranking system. I believe for Linux to win the desktop war over the next few years they have to appeal to more then just the technical folks who can install distros in their sleep and are wizards at the command line. With that said, here are the distributions I tested:

How to Name a Software Product

  • avangate.com; By Avangate B.V. (Posted by avangate on Nov 12, 2007 5:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The name of the software product is an introducing element, the best way to make your business appear in the SERPs and the differentiating element from competitors. An article regarding the steps that any software producer has to take in order to choose the most suitable name for his product.

Preserving browser tab collections with Session Manager

Firefox includes an option for bookmarking all open tabs, but heavy users of tabs will find that this option is hardly enough. When you are researching a subject, the particular combination of tabs matters as much as the individual ones -- and, besides, selecting the tabs to open individually can be tedious if you are dealing with several dozen. And what happens if your session crashes before you have a chance to bookmark? You can address such concerns by installing Session Manager, a highly customizable add-on for preserving the state of the window after you close the browser.

Feature plans for Fedora 9

Fedora 8 has just been released, but of course plans for the next version are already under way: a Fedora 9 Feature List has been created in the Wiki, just like the one for Fedora 8, and people and groups now add their plans and aims. Two outstanding aims are the inclusion of KDE 4 as the default KDE version and the usage of PackageKit as an alternative package management frontend. Since the Fedora 9 release schedule aims at May 2008 both aims should be realistic and possible: KDE 4 is supposed to be released in a working state around christmas, and PackageKit already works pretty well now.

One Laptop Per Child: the dream starts to deliver

Low-cost computers meant to usher poor children worldwide into the digital age are being mass produced in China as US nonprofit One Laptop Per Child strives to deliver on its promise. The first of the XO laptops being built at a Quanta Computer facility in Changshu are destined for Uruguay, marking a milestone for the charity group founded by Nicholas Negroponte in Massachusetts two years ago. "Against all the naysayers ... we have developed and now manufactured the world's most advanced and greenest laptop and one designed specifically to instill a passion for learning in children," Negroponte said.

DistroWatch Weekly: Fedora 8 review, openSUSE Board, paldo GNU/Linux

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Nov 12, 2007 1:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 46th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The Fedora project has once again risen the bar of desktop usability, especially in the area of hardware support, but what do the users think? Find out in our exclusive review of Fedora 8 by Simon Hildenbrand. In the news section, openSUSE announces the creation of openSUSE Board, Mandriva continues to fight the Nigerian Classmate PC deal, Fedora unveils the feature list for version 9, and LinuxTitans.com interviews creator of paldo GNU/Linux Jürg Billeter. Also in this issue, two sets of statistical analyses in the never-ending quest to find out which is the most popular distribution. Happy reading!

Why is there no Open Source SLES?

Fabian pointed to an interesting article from a Red Hat engineer about CentOS and Red Hat's position. An interesting question popped up that I asked myself before: "Why is there no SLES alternative distribution ?". Given all the benefits a free Enterprise Linux brings to Red Hat, Novell must be eager to want to tap into this resource, right ? One comment suggested that Novell did not release SRPMs and therefor it was impossible to create a free SLES clone. Reality seems a bit different: Novell does release SRPMs. There are a few reasons why there is no Open Source SLES alternative.

Fedora Games Live DVD

Fedora Games spin is a custom variant of Fedora targeted at Linux gamers. This is to demonstrate the gaming potential of Fedora without altering user's existing configuration. The Live DVD also allows installation to hard disk or USB flash.

Wine with Safedisc and GLSL support

  • Wine-Review; By Thomas Wickline (Posted by twickline on Nov 11, 2007 8:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As of Wine 0.9.49 Safedisc (copy protection) has had many fixes and most safedisc 2/3/4 games should now work with this and later Wine releases. Another major change is that Wine now enables GLSL (shader model 2.0/3.0) by default when your video drivers support it.

Is Freespire Really Free?

A while back the good folks behind Freespire, the free version of Linspire, sent me a CD with version 2.0 for me to review. I was very happy to look at it as Linspire has been a leader in getting preloaded Linux systems into retail and online outlets, something I believe is critical for mainstream Linux adoption.

Fedora 8 Server Setup: LAMP, Email, DNS, FTP, ISPConfig

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Nov 11, 2007 6:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
This is a detailed description about how to set up a Fedora 8 server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of Fedora 8, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

BGMT Sees Steady First Quarter Growth, Positive Community Impact

Blue Gnu Media & Technology announced today that its flagship service, Blue GNU, has seen strong, steady growth in readership for the first quarter, a positive impact on various Free Software projects, as well as new clients for its advertising and marketing services.

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