Why MS Office 2007 is both a good and bad thing for OpenOffice.org

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OpenOffice.org (OOo) is, of course, the free software world's complete office suite.

It's not a bad program - it is certainly perfectly usable for a lot of standard productivity tasks. It sometimes is criticised, however, for various different things. Being bloated, being too much like Microsoft Office (related?), for not being enough like Microsoft Office, for not having good enough Word compatibility...

I like OpenOffice.org. I use ...

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Compiz + Beryl Merge Confirmed

Regarding the previous post on the possibility of a Compiz and Beryl merge: it is happening.

http://forum.go-compiz.org/viewtopic.php?t=761

After several weeks of discussion the leaders of Compiz and Beryl have agreed that the two communities shall reunite. This decision is supported by both David and Quinn and represents the majority decision of the administrators and developers in each community.

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The differences between the GPL, LGPL and the BSD

There are a lot of different open source licences out there, and it can sometimes be a bit confusing if you're not intimate with the details of each one. So here's a quick roundup of three of the most popular licenses and the difference between them.

Just a quick disclaimer - I'm not a lawyer, so don't depend on my explanations on the licences here. All the ...

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A Lightweight MySQL Manager

If you own a website, chances are that you need to use a database to run many site operations. For the most part, people use MySQL.

Most hosts offer a solution to manage your database. A common choice for this is phpMyAdmin. But, for many, phpMyAdmin can be slow or feel bloated on slower connections.

Then, there is the group of people who aren't offered the luxury of phpMyAdmin ...

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