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Increase Your Productivity with Various Linux Desktop Apps

This blog post covers many applications which can be used to increase your productivity without spending a single penny.

From the article:

Sure, Apple's built its reputation on being the hipster brand of choice, but one of the nice things about Linux is the ability to customize virtually any aspect of the operating system to cater to your workflow and computing habits.

For the purpose of structure I'll break the article into two parts. The first will discuss how Linux can be just as application-rich, in terms of usefulness, as OS X or Windows. In the second half, I'll cover various productivity-boosting apps and features that allow you do accomplish virtually any task with a few simple keystrokes.

=> Full-throttle Productivity and Web-Work With Ubuntu

What’s new in OpenOffice.Org version 3?

OO is a decent free Office Suite for Windows / Linux / Mac and other platforms. This webpage provides OpenOffice.org 3.0's new features, an early look:

OpenOffice.org 3.0 is 167 days away, but who's counting? Maybe the software developers are counting because they have a whopping 2,278 issues targeted for this release. Even though OpenOffice.org 2.4 is not yet out the door, let's see how far they've come with OpenOffice.org 3.0.

New features

  • Personal Information Manager (PIM), probably based on Thunderbird/Lightning
  • PDF import into Draw (to maintain correct layout of the original PDF)
  • Web 2.0 support for weblogs and wikis
  • Office 2007 OOXML document import filter
  • Support for Mac OS X Aqua platform
  • Redesigned, more modern GUI.
  • Extensions, to add third party functionality etc

OpenOffice.org 3.0’s new features
(Fig. 01: OpenOffice.Org v3.x Splash Screen)

=> OpenOffice.org 3.0's new features

Create Encrypted System Partition Under Linux / Windows / Mac OS X

TrueCrypt is a software application used for on-the-fly encryption (OTFE). It is free and open source software. TrueCrypt is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. This software can protect date. It encrypts data stored on a computer's disk and transparently decrypts the information when a user requests it. No special action by the user is required. From the Linux.com article:

Last month the TrueCrypt Foundation released TrueCrypt 5.0, which finally introduces a Linux GUI for the cross-platform encryption application. TrueCrypt 5.0's numerous other enhancements include a Mac OS X port, XTS operation mode, the ability to encrypt a system partition or drive under Windows, and the addition of the SHA-512 hash algorithm

=> Encrypt volumes through a cross-platform GUI with TrueCrypt 5.0

OS X Love: Apple MacBook Air ~ The world’s thinnest notebook

Wow, I'm seriously considering one
#1: It runs on UNIX (OS X)
#2: Lightweight
#3: 2Gig RAM / 80GiB hard disk
#4: Inbuilt video camera and much more.

The new MacBook Air will be shipping in two weeks through the Apple Store and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of US $1,799. I want one.

Mac ZFS Source Code Released

ZFS has amazing feature set and now it is ported to Mac

ZFS file system developed by Sun for its UNIX operating system. ZFS presents a pooled storage model that completely eliminates the concept of volumes and the associated problems of partitions, provisioning, wasted bandwidth and stranded storage. Thousands of filesystems can draw from a common storage pool, each one consuming only as much space as it actually needs. The combined I/O bandwidth of all devices in the pool is available to all filesystems at all times.

Apple has ported ZFS from Open Solaris to the Mac OS X platform. You can download ZFS beta version here (via ./).

Eat Your Own Dog Food: Microsoft to Push Silverlight Technology

Many commercial companies emphasizes the use of its own products inside the company to convey the confidence in its own product.

Now Microsoft decided to eats its own dog food. Microsoft is preparing a fully Silverlight-powered redesign of their website. This will push Silverlight usage to more users. Silverlight is a runtime for browser-based Rich Internet Applications, providing a subset of the animation, vector graphics, and video playback capabilities of Windows Presentation Foundation. The runtime is available for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, with Linux support under development via the third-party Moonlight runtime.

=> More information: Microsoft to Push Silverlight via Redesigned Homepage

Setup OpenLDAP authentication on Linux for OSX Client and sync / share home directory

Finally, someone spends time to work with a Linux server and OS X authentication issue:

OSX has what I would call an undocumented feature of the operating system- the portable home directory. Basically, it keeps a user's home directory sync'd up between a network share and the local pc. If you are not on the network you work on the local home directory. Whenever you login on the network, the mirror agent running on the local pc synchronizes the two directories.

Full Stack: Portable Home Directory over NFS on OSX authenticated via OpenLDAP on Debian Linux