Weekend Reads: Office Suites, Command Line Applications and ioQuake 3

August 9, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Weekend Reads: Office Suites, Command Line Applications and ioQuake 3

Eleven is Louder summarizes what office suites are available for us that are open souce software. Of course it has OpenOffice.org in the list. However, it reminds us that Lotus Symphony does exist and that there are other suites like the GNOME Office Suite as well as the KDE Office Suite. I’ve tried using the GNOME Office Suite before but for the sake of compatibility I am using OpenOffice.org especially because I have to collaborate with co-workers on documents. I know that OpenOffice.org is commonly included in various Linux distributions and this blog entry shows you … [Read More]

List of Guides for Linux Newbies

August 5, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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List of Guides for Linux Newbies

Every one of us would need to learn something about Linux and we all go through that ‘newbie’ phase. Here are some sites and blogs that Linux newbies could take a look at and learn from. Using Linux does not need to be so lonely, after all.

The Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide – This website’s blog has various links to articles and guides for Linux users especially newbies. But you could also go straight to their guide for Linux newbies. It even has sections to let you understand what GNOME and KDE are. You … [Read More]

Of Percentages

April 11, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Of Percentages

The battle between Linux and Windows over the netbook market share has been the hot topic this week. So does Windows really have 96% share? Or is it less than that? Who’s got the actual figures? I don’t. But does it bother me? No, because I believe that it’s way too complicated to base figures on any particular report considering that there might be more factors involved but are not mentioned.
Ah yes. The wonderful world of online news. We get bombarded by all these information but at the end of the day what … [Read More]

References on using the GIMP

March 19, 2008 by Clair Ching  
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References on using the GIMP

The GIMP is usually installed as the graphics editing tool in Linux distributions. You might be looking for ways to use it and you might have tried it already and thought it felt really weird. It’s because it’s different from the default graphics app in Windows which is Paint. It has more features than Paint.

gimp-tutorials.com – A website which compiles various tutorials (shown in a frame within the page) which could help you create borders around your images or create a header image for your blog.
Gimpology – The site is like Gimp-tutorials but it doesn’t … [Read More]

PCQuest gives a list of useful free and open source apps

March 1, 2008 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Links, The Free World.

PCQuest gives a list of useful free and open source apps

Wondering what free and open source apps to use? PCQuest gives a useful list, categorizing the applications you might need for your day to day computing or running your business. If you’ve enjoyed using Linux and the various applications that you got via your package manager, you might be interested in a whole lot more.
To help you get started, check out this list: The Complete Guide to Open Source and Free Software.

A day with Vym mindmapping tool

March 1, 2008 by Clair Ching  
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A day with Vym mindmapping tool

I’ve been looking for tools to help me think about my work. Apart from a text file with the outline of ideas that I have, I want to check out mindmapping tools as well. I saw a package named Vym and tried it out. Even if it’s just been a day, I wasn’t happy with it. I’d stick with Freemind. Why? Here are the reasons why:

The menu of Freemind seems more intuitive than that of Vym. What are xlinks? It’s not easy for a first time user. In Freemind you create … [Read More]

Faster boot-up time on Linux

February 23, 2008 by Clair Ching  
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Faster boot-up time on Linux

The key: hibernate.
For those with laptops, you probably see the option to hibernate a lot. The question is: Do you use it?
I didn’t use hibernate before because it was problematic on the laptop I had before. But now, the laptop I have and the Linux distro I am using seem to be compatible and so I put my laptop in hibernate mode when I go home from the office, etc. It already saves me boot-up time as it is (especially since there’s an fsck done every 30 times that the drive is mounted and unmounted). Thanks … [Read More]

Inklite: Simplified Inkscape?

February 23, 2008 by Clair Ching  
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Inklite: Simplified Inkscape?

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If you’ve been wondering if there’s a lite version of Inkscape, there’s a possibility that there might be one in the future. Bryce Harrington blogged about keeping the toolbars simple and changing some settings. He also noticed that the dialog boxes appear bigger so it will probably look smaller when they implement it in Inklite.
A snippet from his blog entry on Inklite:

The main challenge was the aux toolbar – I think we’ll need JonCruz’s toolbar rework (which missed 0.46 but … [Read More]

Linux user interface design tools

February 19, 2008 by Clair Ching  
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Linux user interface design tools

Trying to come up with a good user interface is not an easy task. But I need to. And what could I use on Linux so I could make suggestions for the improvement of a web app’s user interface?
Some of you might be dependent on things like Photoshop or Illustrator — maybe even Powerpoint — to convey your message. As for me, I personally prefer it lo-fi: pencil and paper! But there are times that it simply isn’t enough so I am looking for other means to do that.
In terms of creating wireframes, Denim would work, … [Read More]

Link love: Sources on Compiling a Linux Kernel

January 31, 2008 by Clair Ching  
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Link love: Sources on Compiling a Linux Kernel

I previously wrote about when you’re probably going to compile a Linux kernel. I admit that I am not an expert on this topic but I’d like to point out some things that would eventually prove to be useful or at least give you an idea as to how you could do this.
HowToForge.com has a bunch of how to compile a Linux kernel for several distros:

How to compile a kernel the Fedora way
How to compile a kernel the Ubuntu way
How to compile a kernel the CentOS way
How to compile a kernel the Debian way
How to compile a kernel the … [Read More]

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