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Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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Clair Ching

Clair Ching

Clair is a business analyst from Manila who is interested in GNU/Linux and the free and open source movement in general. She uses Ubuntu on her current work machine, an Acer Aspire One just to prove a point that it is possible to work as an analyst using GNU/Linux on such a hardware and with her tasks as a business analyst. Right now, she's still looking for the best option for her netbook when it comes to window managers and desktop environments. So far, she's comfortable in using Openbox on it and it saves her screen space for the more important things rather than having huge panels and the like.

Perceptions Against F/OSS and the Advent of

October 25, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under The Free World.

Some people I know are closed-minded when it comes to using free and open source software. All of its flaws are magnified. None of the good things seem to stick in their minds. Well, maybe an application or two will be an exception. But I do encounter those who keep blaming the software for crashing or complain about the behavior of these applications. We’re all human, and it could be the lack of familiarity with these applications that make us feel very uncomfortable. Having to learn about new software happens to us, whether it’s proprietary or free and/or open source. It’s just that I am bothered by how close-minded people could get. “If it’s not Windows, it sucks” and “I don’t trust how... [Read more]

LibriVox Gives Free Audiobooks

October 24, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under The Free World.

If you’ve been wondering where to get free audiobooks the legal way, then it’s time to check out LibriVox. The audiobooks here are available in mp3 or ogg formats so you could easily download them to your own computer and listen to them. And the nice thing about this is that there’s a collective team of people who volunteer to read these books aloud so that we could enjoy listening to them for free. You might not be getting the latest commercial books in audio format but these books are within the public domain already so that’s still very cool. LibriVox has the Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg as its partners. Ah yes, Project Gutenberg! I’ve been getting books in text file formats from that site because... [Read more]

Create Greetings Using Kreeting Kard

October 24, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under applications

Wondering how on earth to create a quick greeting card or postcard without having to go through using Scribus or some other software? I grew up in the 80s so I was used to Print Master. In Print Master, all my greeting card needs and banner needs were easily remedied. Each of them would have some kind of template and wizard and the images where easily chosen because they came with the application. Unfortunately I haven’t found anything like this yet. So far, the only one I saw that’s close enough is Kreeting Kard. You could try out Kreeting Kard, a free and open source software dedicated to this task. Well, mainly postcards, at least. a screenshot of kreetingkard Kreeting Kard is available in the repositories. When you search... [Read more]

Ubuntu Karmic Koala on Netbooks; Gkrellm He

October 23, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under The Free World.

Ubuntu Karmic Koala’s about to be released and I was wondering if I should upgrade or stick with Jaunty Jackalope. Phoronix released an article about Ubuntu 9.10 performance on netbooks. It looks like that there is a perceived improvement with the disk-intensive tasks because of the switch to the EXT4 filesystem. Those who are using SSDs on their netbooks might especially want to take advantage of that. For the upcoming release I am actually waiting for the Ubuntu 9.10 Moblin Remix. I am using the Ubuntu UMPC one right now but the Moblin user interface and boot-up times look impressive. As always, though, one of my main concerns is hooking it up to an external LCD or projector. I want to use the extended monitor rather than a clone... [Read more]

Austria’s Desktop4Education

October 22, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under The Free World.

Free and open source software are available for everyone but I think that schools will be the ones to benefit the most. After all, it means the following for them: less pressure on the instructors and students as well tools they could play around with and not be too afraid to make mistakes there are tools that could be fitted within her budget It is awesome to read case studies that show us that installing Linux on their school computers, etc. It is never easy to just switch. (Is proprietary software an addiction? A habit? Sounds like it sometimes.) In any case, setting up a new system could be tricky and those who see the need to change into a completely free and open source software the management and staff who would be in charge of... [Read more]

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