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Now revealed! Secrets of line spacing in Writer

The fact that Writer is more than a word processor is an open secret. Designed to write long documents, Writer is in many ways a document processor comparable to FrameMaker, suitable for designing books and dissertations while falling short of a complete desktop publishing solution. For this reason, it includes a number of tools for tweaking lines of text, including Tools> Language> Hyphenation and the tools for adjusting character width and letter space for individual characters. However, by far the least understood of these high-end tools is Writer's ability to adjust line-spacing.

Fluendo media decoders sound bad to open source advocates

Thanks to Fluendo, Linux and Solaris users on a variety of processor architectures can now purchase playback support for patent-encumbered audio and video formats. Similar support from free alternatives, whether they rely on copying Windows DLLs or use original code, all violate existing patent law. The mere existence of Fluendo's plugins needles a bevy of critics, but Fluendo is prepared to answer them all. And in an ironic twist, sales of these decoders for non-free formats are funding the development of free alternatives.

Tutorial: Foil Wireless Poachers and Have Fun Doing It (Part 2)

Last week, we learned some fun ways to mess with the minds of wireless freeloaders, and introduced ourselves to some methods for finding out who is on our networks. Today we're going to learn some different ways to kick unwanted visitors off networks, and how to see exactly who is lurking on our airwaves.

Interview: Øyvind Kolås talks GEGL

  • FOSDEM conference organizers; By Press Release (Posted by florisla on Jan 31, 2007 8:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
In preparation to the FOSDEM conference, coming up in three weeks, Gimp hacker Øyvind Kolås discusses the current state of its next-generation GEGL image processing framework.

Using tags to browse through source code

  •; By Aleksey 'LXj' Alekseyev (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 31, 2007 7:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When you read source code, often you need to look for definitions of functions, classes, or other objects. Editors such as Emacs and Vim help you browse the code by supporting the concept of tags. You can think of tags as labels that can be jumped to.

Use MySQL GUI tools remotely and securely

MySQL is a database that is synonymous with ease-of-use, and most database-driven Web applications use it as their database of choice. Because of this, MySQL is used on many Web servers. While the MySQL command line tool is useful, unless you know all the ins and outs of SQL syntax, it can be time-consuming to get things done. It is for this reason that tools like phpMyAdmin have become so popular.

Activestate ships Komodo IDE 4.0

ActiveState Software Inc. has shipped Komodo IDE 4.0, the first unified workspace for end-to-end development of dynamic web applications.

Powerful Linux Based Super Computer Is Here

Whinky releases 1st ever mobile super computer based on an open standard platform, with advanced voice, data, media, encryption and infra-red technologies.

GNU/Linux users compete to help each other!

"One of the best things about the universe of Free Software of which GNU/Linux is a flagship is its community and the willingness of so many people in it to help each other make their GNU/Linux and Free Software experience better. If something doesn't work, if you don't know how to do something, if you don't know what software you need for a task you want to do, whatever issue you have there is a great chance someone in the community will be not only able, but happily willing to help. On we are about to celebrate this trait throughout the month February of this year, in form of a competition."

Hot Web 2.0 user interface technologies

This article covers the Web 2.0 user interface technology innovations of Flex, OpenLaszlo, Ajax and other Rich client and Rich Web application development.

What's the best Linux for resellers?

I recently was contacted by a major Unix reseller. The company had a very simple question: with the writing on the wall for Unix growing bigger and bigger with every quarter, which Linux should they adopt?

Microsoft software banned at WSF

Organisers of the recent World Social Forum, which runs parallel to the World Economic Forum, banned Microsoft software from the forum, labelling the Redmond giant an imperialist.

Multifaceted Ubuntu conference solicits participants

A call for participation was announced this week for "Ubuntu Live," billed by organizers as the first "official" conference dedicated to Ubuntu Linux. The event, set for July 22-24 in Portland, Ore., aims to give participants the knowledge needed to use Ubuntu to best advantage, organizers said.

Essential Defensive programming with AOP

Defensive programming constructs have prevented many a defect, but the constructs themselves tend to litter code with repetitive logic. Learn how to avoid the clutter.

Yankees in the Court of King Arthur, with a Microsoft Agenda

ANSI/INCiTS has completed their review of Ecma 376, and is ready to cast their ISO/IEC Contradiction Review Phase Fast Track Ballot in favor of Ecma 376 being rammed through ISO. As Sam Hiser points out in his PlexNex blog, there is an avalanche of contradictions, inconsistencies, and proprietary dependencies in Ecma 376. The findings continue to pour into public view. Still, there's not much an American can do about it. Our standards champions at ANSI/INCiTS have determined that no contradictions exist."

Linuxasia 2007 Kicks Off

With the stage set and the players in, the show has just got underway in New Delhi. LinuxAsia 2007 has been kicked off in style at the India Habitat Centre in the city. With a lot of 'Open' action in store, the three-day event, scheduled from 31 January to 2 February 2007, is where you are going to find the biggest of the names in the industry deliberating on the future course of action for the open source movement.

PSA Peugeot Citroën Chooses SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop from Novell

PARIS (Solutions Linux 2007)—30 Jan 2007—PSA Peugeot Citroën, the second-largest automobile manufacturer in Europe, and Novell just signed a multiyear contract allowing the deployment of up to 20,000 Linux* desktops plus 2,500 Linux servers from Novell.

The Road to KDE 4: Kalzium and KmPlot

Since not all of the development for KDE 4 is in base technologies, this week features two of applications from the KDE-Edu team: Kalzium, a feature-filled chemistry reference tool, and KmPlot, a powerful equation graphing and visualization program. Read on for the details. These educational tools have received a lot of work for KDE 4. In particular, Kalzium and KmPlot developments are happening at an amazing rate.

Shuttleworth shuts LPI shop, Meraka steps in

The CSIR's Meraka institute is expected to become the new South African Linux Professional Institute affiliate now that the Shuttleworth Foundation has ended its relationship with the LPI.

Faster, safer Internet with OpenDNS

The domain name system (DNS) maps human-understandable Web site addresses into numeric IP addresses. Launched in July 2006, OpenDNS adds a few free services on top of the traditional DNS to block phishing Web sites and auto-correct common misspelled URLs. And thanks to some clever traffic routing and load-balancing technology, OpenDNS can also deliver Web pages faster.

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