Jono Bacon, Community Manager at Ubuntu, has assembled a nice article about what one needs to write the quick and scratch your own itch applications Linux and FLOSS are known for without a lot of hassle. The concept hearkens back to the good old days of Unix when apps were focused on doing one task and doing it well. His article is a great getting started guide to help you easily find the parts you will need. Check it out.
Is your company looking for a cheap or free alternative to MS Office?
There is a cool list of 7 alternatives to MS Office over at Hungry Hackers. One of them is not available for Linux but the other 6 are. If you haven’t tried out Open Office or Star Office I highly recommend them even if you aren’t planning on switching to a Linux Desktop. Google Docs and Zoho are also excellent Cloud Based options if your company will allow it.
Are you facing Linux and FLOSS Resistance? Let us Help….
Does your company have a strong Linux Presence? What about other Open Source Tools like Apache, MySQL, Tomcat, or any of the Open Source Wiki’s? If not then why not?
If you have ever asked people these questions what was the response? What amazes me is how often Corporations are paralyzed with fear around just a few issues when it comes to FLOSS. In this weeks article we are going to try to teach everyone how to combat one of the most common arguments we have heard against FLOSS. We would like to write several articles explaining how we defuse or debunk most of these complaints, whines and irrational reasons against FLOSS. With your help and your feedback we will write follow-ups to this article addressing other common anti-patterns for Open Source and how we would approach countering them.
So please leave us a comment here telling us what else to discuss.
Our must have CES Gadget…
We have, as with all self respecting geeks, watching everything that has come out of CES. Since I was on Vacation I am just catching the cool stuff. Gizmodo shows off pictures of and talks about Lenovo’s announcement of a “hybrid” laptop to be released later this year. What do they mean by “hybrid”? Well it’s a laptop that is both a Linux and Windows Laptop. It consists of two parts: a tablet disguised as the LCD Screen and the base part of the computer. The Linux part of the system is the detachable Tablet PC/screen which is powered by an ARM Chip with 512MB of RAM and a touch screen. The Windows PC half is the bulk of the physical machine running a Core 2 Duo with 4GB of RAM.