Tag Archives: Open Source Software

OpenOffice – Autosaving to Microsoft Formats

Anyone who follows this blog regularly knows I’m a huge pusher of open source software (especially free, open source software). ¬†Recently, I had to set up a neighbor with OpenOffice because they were doing their resume in Microsoft Works and … Continue reading

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RockBox on My Sansa

This past weekend, I took the plunge and installed RockBox onto my Sansa e280 (8GB).¬† After fighting with my Vista PC and the RockBoxUtil (used for simple button click install), I finally switch over to my company provided Dell laptop … Continue reading

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RE: Squandering one of the industry’s best open source talents

Now, one thing that Mr. Asay seems to either a) forget or b) fail to recognize is that the concept of rapid application development (RAD), was pretty much completely non-existent on Linux prior to the Mono stack. Engineering a .Net solution for Linux desktops, Miguel and the rest of the Mono team has successfully brought RAD to Linux in a big way. Several of the more popular Gnome applications are Mono based (Banshee, Tomboy, and Beagle). Continue reading

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RE: Squandering one of the industry's best open source talents

Now, one thing that Mr. Asay seems to either a) forget or b) fail to recognize is that the concept of rapid application development (RAD), was pretty much completely non-existent on Linux prior to the Mono stack. Engineering a .Net solution for Linux desktops, Miguel and the rest of the Mono team has successfully brought RAD to Linux in a big way. Several of the more popular Gnome applications are Mono based (Banshee, Tomboy, and Beagle). Continue reading

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Big Companies & Open Source

Last week, IBM announced that they would put somewhere around thirty developers on OpenOffice to help improve the product through bug fixes, new features, and collaborating with the OpenOffice team. The reason IBM says they are doing this is because they are seeing wide adoption of OpenOffice and it’s ODF (Open Document Format) by governments and companies the world over. But what makes this interesting is the fact that IBM is paying employees to work solely on an open source project, giving away features, code, and resources to a project that long term, makes them next to no money (if any at all). Big Blue seems to be doing this a lot lately. Why would a company do this? Continue reading

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GTK# Ribbon Library

Miguel de Icaza just posted about the new GTK# Ribbon Library that came out of the Google Summer of Code program, completed by Laurent Debacker. He even links to a screencast. Below is a screenshot (click to enlarge).

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