FSM Newsletter 7th May 2007

FSM Newsletter 7th May 2007

Mon, 2007-05-07 20:30 -- admin

Hi everybody, and welcome to another fortnightly edition of Free Software Magazine’s newsletter; keeping you up to date in the world of free software! And do we have some good stuff for you guys this fortnight!

General announcements

When we said last week was just the beginning of the features, we weren’t kidding! This fortnight’s feature is “Email this story”. Ever read something excellent in the pages of Free Software Magazine and wanted to share it with your friends, but just haven’t had the right button to push? Well now you do! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those of you who are getting in there and getting involved in forums contributing to our community and to those of you who have been inviting your friends. Thanks guys!

Latest content

Yudit: edit your multi-language text easily—Gianluca Pignalberi talks about how to edit your complex, multi-language text and stay healthy with Yudit. Read more...

Questions I have for Michael Dell regarding Ubuntu—Andrew Min wants specifics about Dell’s promise to potential GNU/Linux users. Read more...

ODF/OOXML technical white paper—Eddy Macnaghten’s white paper based on a technical comparison between the ODF and OOXML formats. Read more...

Trying to use free software without paying a dime—Andrew Min is looking for free as in beer as well as free as in freedom... Read more...

Fedora: champions of community!—Jonathan Roberts’ blog entry on Fedora has stirred up some emotions and it shows in the comments. Don’t miss it! Read more...

What’s a newbie to do?—Ken Leyba makes some suggestions to assist curious GNU/Linux newbies. Read more...

Interview with Arturo “Buanzo” Busleiman, developer of Enigform—Tony Mobily chats with Arturo “Buanzo” Busleiman about himself, Engiform, and free software...Read more...

Interview with Rob Fraser—Free software increasingly a benefit to business IT by Mark Rais Read more...

Free computing!—Howard Fosdick tells us how to revitalize mature pentiums. Read more...

Move your data!—Mitch Meyran helps with that age old conundrum; how to move your data back and forth from Windows to GNU/Linux and back again. Read more...

Windows by necessity: making MS-Windows more like GNU/Linux—Sometimes, you HAVE to use Windows. Anthony Taylor give suggestions for softening the view. Read more...

Latest book reviews released

Pro Open Source Mail: Building an Enterprise Mail Solution by Curtis Smith Alan Berg learns the joys of building an open source mail infrastructure. Read more...

Practical Subversion, Second Edition by Daniel Berlin and Garrett Rooney Alan Berg looks at installation, maintenance, API, and migration to Subversion from other revision systems. Read more...

Book competition announcement for this fortnight

This week we are giving away a copy of Pro Open Source Mail: Building an Enterprise Mail Solution by Curtis Smith and a copy of Practical Subversion, Second Edition by Daniel Berlin and Garrett Rooney.

All you need to do to enter is check out the latest book competition announcement on our blogs page.


Thanks go to _Apress for providing these fantastic prizes._

Winner of the book competition from last fortnight

Thanks to all those who entered, unfortunately there can only be one winner...

Congratulations Nick Ipe Mathew of Qatar!

Nick has won copies of Mapping Hacks and Wicked Cool Java, and we would like to thank him for his enthusiastic participation in our forums so far.

Thanks to all who entered.

Thanks also go to No Starch Press and O’Reilly for providing these great prizes.

Please comment wherever possible and don’t forget to log in so that you’ll be in the running to win the latest book competition

Poll Results—Would you pay for access to an ad free version of Free Software Magazine?

This poll was a little contentious, and more for our information-gathering than for your interest! However, we did receive some interesting comments and suggestions as to what you, the readers, want. Read more here and stay tuned for...

This fortnight’s poll

Dell has announced Linux laptops. NOW, when a friend says “I want need a new PC”, and he doesn’t want a game machine, do you:

If a non-tech-savvy friend/relative wants to buy a new machine, what will you do? Do you think this Dell/Ubuntu option is the best way to go or should they go with a Mac or a Windows box. Let us know how you feel by voting and commenting.



Your comments on articles, issues, and blog entries are very welcome. They provide other readers with insightful suggestions, further information, and the feeling that they are not alone. They also provide our authors with the feeling that they are being heard. Please comment wherever possible and don’t forget to log in so that you’ll be in the running to win the latest book competition.


Avatars are a great way of expressing your personal identity, whether it be a photo or an image that you feel represents the you you want to be. Read more about avatars here. To add an avatar: log in, go to “my account” in the menu on the left, go to the “edit” tab and scroll down to where it says “Upload picture”. Now, hit the browse button, find the image on your computer that you want to upload and go to the bottom of the page and hit the submit button. That’s it; you now have an avatar image.

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