Useful computer tip of the week

For a good office suite, try out Libre Office.

LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you 6 feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Support and documentation is free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers. You, too, can also get involved!

via Home » LibreOffice.

Libre Office is based off of the OpenOffice.org code, but unlike OpenOffice.org, it isn’t controlled by Oracle, which has not made people like it well in the Open Source world.  I don’t care which program I use, they’re both the same price (free) and have the same features, in my opinion either of them is better than Microsoft Office, which is very overpriced, at least for the home user.

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Single Window GIMP release delayed…

Man… that would be so nice to have on my laptop.  not much of an issue on my desktop, it has dual screens, but multiple windows are tough to manage on a single screen setup…

The recently published article “What’s up with free multimedia production tools in 2010” already mentions that GIMP 2.8 is not going to be released this year despite of past estimations. However an advanced explanation is missing and still has to be communicated to users who are not exactly following events.

via News: What happened to GIMP 2.8 – Libre Graphics World.

Apparently, even though it’s a very large project, GIMP had only 3 developers.  and now one of them cannot work on GIMP on a regular basis, so now they’re down to two.

Wow I never knew that GIMP had so few people working on it.

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