Issue #85 / Dec 2007
Cover Theme: Remote Control
DVD: openSUSE 10.3
PROGRAMMING: Perl: Skydiving SimulationSkydiving simulation with Perl
Computer game programmers apply physical formulas and special tricks to create realistic animations. Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL), which is available as a Perl wrapper, provides a powerful framework for creating simple 2D worlds with just a couple of lines of code.
NEWS: Gscan2pdfElectronic document archives with gscan2pdf
Many scanner tools confuse users with functional overkill. The clear-cut gscan2pdf scanning aid gives users a simple approach to converting existing paper documents into space-saving PDF files.
LINUXUSER: VIM TRICKSGetting beyond vi with the vim text editor
You don’t have to use the vim text editor as a latter day vi. These simple tricks will save you time and keystrokes.
LINUXUSER: Workspace: GTD-Based Task ManagersApplications for getting things done
Task managers can help you get things done, but the first task is to choose the application that meets your needs. We take a closer look at iKog, Thinking Rock, and MonkeyGTD and recommend a few other GTD managers you might want to take for a spin.
LINUXUSER: Command Line: Wireless ToolsWireless Tools
Sunshine, pool, laptop, an open WLAN, and Wireless Tools were all it took for Heike to submit the latest issue of “Command Line” from Crete.
COMMUNITY: Open Source in MobileTies, T-shirts, and telephones
OSiM, Open Source in Mobile, is a series of events dedicated to exploring the role of open source in the world of mobile phones. The latest installment was held in September in Madrid, Spain.
COMMUNITY: Perlmeister Michael SchilliPerlmeister Mike Schilli celebrates 10 years
“One or two years in the USA would be great,” Mike Schilli thought back in 1996. The “Perlmeister” has lived in San Francisco for 11 years now, and he’s been writing the regular Perl column for almost as long.
COMMUNITY: Free Software ProjectsAn up-to-date look at free software and its makers
The recent discussion concerning the future of Mozilla Thunderbird is one example of the needs of a corporation vs. those of the user community.
Richard Stallman calls for the W3C to remain independent of vendor interests.
The new release supports nine architectures, 73 human languages, and zero non-Free components.
Fedora developers release the first alpha version of Fedora 19, known as Schrödinger’s Cat, for general testing. The final release is expected in July 2013.
ack is a grep-like, command-line tool that has been optimized for programmers to search large trees of source code.
New features in SUSE Studio 1.3 include enhanced cloud integration, VM platform support, and lifecycle management.
The Linux Foundation recently announced that the Xen Project is becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.
Open source version of LiveCode is now available for developing apps, games, and utilities for all major platforms.
OpenDaylight is an open source software-defined networking project committed to furthering adoption of SDN and accelerating innovation in a vendor-neutral and open environment.
The new Gnome release includes privacy and sharing settings, allowing more user control over access to personal information.
Mozilla is collaborating with Samsung on a new web browser engine called Servo.