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Confessions of an unjustified sinner: Using justification in OOo Writer

When typewriters ruled the desktop, all paragraphs had a ragged right justification, with each line starting at the same position on the left, but with a variable right margin. Full justification -- lines whose left and right sides all ended in the same positions -- were the mark of professional typography, and beyond the means of the average user.

Tagua Releases its First Alpha

Tagua, a generic boardgame for KDE, is approaching version 1.0, and the developers decided it's time to get the word out on this exceptionally cool application by releasing a first Alpha.

Linux: Filesystem Namespace Unification

Bharata Rao posted a query to the Linux Kernel mailing list looking for ideas on how to best handle filesystem namespace unification with Union Mount, "typically this is done by reading the directory entries of all the union'ed layers (starting from the top and working downwards) and merging the result by eliminating the duplicate entries. This is done by extending the getdents/readdir system calls to support the notion of union'ed directories."

It's time to retire the mom test

One of the more humorous ad series today is the Geico "caveman" commercials, featuring a caveman complaining about the stereotype of something being "so easy a caveman could do it." Since we don't have to worry about offending cavemen (or cavewomen), companies can safely poke humor at that demographic group and not worry about alienating anyone. However, you might want to think twice about saying "it's so easy your mom can do it."

Dell does Ubuntu, but the sales staff do not know it

How easy is it to buy a Dell Ubuntu PC? Not as easy as you might imagine, and Dell is causing all the problems.

Radeon HD 2900XT Linux Game-Play

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Sep 8, 2007 7:06 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
All week we have talked about the performance of the 8.41 display driver and the performance on various ATI graphics cards from the R300 series to the latest R600 graphics card. In some of these articles, we have briefly commented on the image quality, but in this article we will be looking exclusively at the image quality while gaming with the ATI Radeon HD 2900XT 512MB under Linux.

A trip to the Ohio Linux Fest

What I wish to share is my excitement over the upcoming Ohio Linux Fest. I am not a Systems Administrator or a Programmer. I don't even work in the IT industry. I am excited about meeting some of the leaders of this community that I have become a member of. The guest list at this point is, to say the least, prestigious.

VirtualBox 1.5: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The new VirtualBox brings seamless virtualization to Linux. This puts Linux on par with the Mac - users can run their native desktop but still launch the odd Windows-only program when they need to. The VirtualBox manual doesn’t give much detail on the new feature, so here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly of VirtualBox 1.5

A few thoughts on Sun and NetApp

You’ll all have seen and read by now about NetApp suing Sun for patent infringement. I’m not going to re-hash the arguments, but there are a couple of points of interest related to Sun’s patent strategy and open source. What occurs to me is that NetApp has gone out of its way to maintain that its patent claim is not an open source issue but an issue between two vendors about a technology that just happens to be open source. But ZFS is not an open source project.

Printing Secrets Revealed: How to set Custom Page Sizes with CUPS Printjobs

So you have one of those sophisticated office printer models with adjustable guides that allow you to use any weird media size (with some sensible min/max value for width and height)? And you don't know how to tell CUPS to use that size when printing? (Ah... you don't have such a printer, and you are about to skip this article? Wait. The content may still be useful to you. See the last paragraph.)

For Linux Lovers: The Penguin Mouse

  • Softpedia; By Alexandru Pancescu (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Sep 8, 2007 1:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups:
A computer mouse is no longer a simple object as nowadays it may come in a variety of shapes and sizes, colors and tones, bigger and smaller and sporting exotic or more common features. Among the shapes that a computer mouse can take these days is the shape of a little happy penguin, looking especially for those Linux lovers out there. But, while this mouse is certainly cute and does not look half bad, I have to speak up my mind and say that it may be less than ergonomic or practical for that matter to the above average computer user.

Itanium Linux creds lined up for Gelato ICE

IDF might have a tad more attention when it kicks off the week after next in San Francisco but Itanium loyalists will also get their moment in the sun soon when the Gelato ICE conference kicks off on 1 October in Singapore. This is a pretty specific show aimed at ISVs, SIs, developers and others that are working on big scale-up Linux-on-Itanium projects but two interesting things are likely to come out of the confab: a catch-up on the Itanium roadmap and developments in LinuxOnLinux, a project to support virtualisation on the chip.

[Huh? Is the "Itanic" still around? – Sander]

Mobile Linux Needs a "Microsoft" to Prosper

In a move which may raise eyebrows amongst the Linux developer community, Pieter Knook the CEO of the smartphone vendor, HTC has said that mobile Linux will face difficulties unless it gets support from a major long term partner - and named the company's own long term partnership with Microsoft as an example to follow.

[Here's some FUD to round off the week – Sander]

My first Linux virus?

Wondering around my Linux filesystem I found a weird directory in /home… Ok, I thought, I didn’t create that. If it’s a virus, it’s the most stupid virus in existence, but, we never know. Anyway, The Oracle would know the answer… Searching for mrtstub, the first hit is directly from the enemy’s site. Not too far I found the origin: "mrtstub is part of the Malicious Software Removal Tool. It is responsible for copying mrt.exe to the correct location and launching it".

RAID 1 Setup on Linux

I’m working on setting up a new server to host windley.com (including this blog) and my other websites. Since the server will be running far from my watchful eye and largely unattended, I didn’t want to rely on a backup system that required changeable media. So, I decided to buy two 80Gb drives and configure them in RAID-1. Now, I haven’t configured a RAID system for a while (five years?) and I was surprised at how easy Linux makes it.

Bruno Coudoin on GCompris: 8.4 Release Imminent, Reorganization Underway for 8.5

GCompris is a fantastic educational program aimed at children. I installed it for a family some time ago, and found myself getting caught up in it as I showed them how it worked. I caught up with the lead developer, Bruno Coudoin, to ask him a few questions about the widely-used GCompris project.

Getting Started with the Trolltech Greenphone SDK

Trolltech recently released many smartphone developers' dream combination-the Linux-based Greenphone and its open-source Qtopia Phone SDK. The Trolltech Greenphone is a full-featured tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900MHz) mobile phone with a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera. Like many other modern smartphones, it features a QVGA touchscreen, Bluetooth, client USB, mini-SD Flash and stereo audio connectors.

Mindbridge switches to Linux, saves "bunches of money"

Mindbridge didn't start out as an open source company -- far from it. "We had a predominantly Microsoft-oriented shop," says David Christian, Mindbridge CTO. But the company, which at the time offered an "intranet in a box" application, began hosting the software for its clients. "That required us to get a good handle on Linux, because Linux was the only inexpensive, cost-efficient way of handling that in a scaled environment," Christian says. "And I didn't want to add Microsoft to our customers' overhead." The more Christian worked with Linux, the more he liked it. And, as they say, the rest is history.

Zürich’s students get rid of “Windows Tax”

Students of Zürich's two big universities can finally obtain discount laptops without paying the "Windows Tax", thanks to the efforts of a student organization.

An Open Letter to ISO

In light of the recent events relating to the standardization process of EOOXML, it seems appropriate to look into possible standardization of the process itself.

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