A Close Match

July 22, 2008

OpenOffice.org is by far the one considered the closest match to Microsoft Office when working on a Linux environment. It is the world’s most widely distributed open-source multi-platform and multi-lingual productivity suite. This project was founded by Sun Microsystems which continues to make significant contributions as a community member.

Running equally well in other platforms such as Windows, Solaris and Mac OS X, it is offered in more than 100 languages, most of which are professionally supported. It was specifically released to the market with the aim of reducing the dominant market share of Microsoft Office through a free, open and high quality alternative. Although informally referred to as OpenOffice, the project had to adapt OpenOffice.org as its formal name since the trademark for OpenOffice is held by another party.

Is Public Domain Equivalent to Free?

June 15, 2008

Public domain is loosely used by some people to mean free or available gratis. In stricter and legal terms, it means “not copyrighted”. If a public domain contains the source code, this is a special case of non-copylefted free software which could mean that some copies or modified versions may not be free at all.

An executable program can be in the public domain without the source code being available. Since free software requires accessibility of source code, this cannot be considered as such. Most free software however, are not in the public domain. There may be some legal steps to be taken to disclaim the copyright on any program that is desired to be written in the public domain.

Windows XP Virtual Machine with VMware player on Ubuntu Gutsy

November 22, 2007

Linux is a good operating system but sometimes you could have the necessity of run a particular application that don’t work with wine and is only for Windows XP.
WMware released its virtualization software for free (not opensource): VMware Server and VMware Player.

WMware server could be more complicated for personal use, so you can choose WMware player to run Windows XP on Ubuntu Gutsy.

Nokia PC Suite for Linux with ObexTool on Ubuntu Gutsy

November 12, 2007

This How-To will might works with many NOKIA Mobile Phone, especially for Nokia 3230, 6670, 6680, 6682 e 7610, 6120, Sony Ericsson Z1010, LG U8110/8120.
However I wrote this How-To after configuring correctly my new NOKIA 6120 on Ubuntu Gutsy 7.10. So, this how-to is intended for people that runs Ubuntu Gutsy and have NOKIA 6120 Mobile Phone.