Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off.

I noticed in your April edition, you used PhotoShop to create the cover image. I understand that at SSC you use non-Linux systems for some of your graphics and page layout. Wouldn't it be nice if you could do it all in Linux? I think the GIMP is great, but nothing on Linux compares with PhotoShop.

The only thing to do is to port PhotoShop (and possibly Framemaker) to Linux. Adobe is aware of the desire for such products, and even confronts it on the following web pages: http://www.adobe.com/supportservice/custsupport/QANDA/259e.htm and http://www.adobe.com/supportservice/custsupport/QANDA/2bf6.htm I believe if enough people show an interest, Adobe will eventually come around. What a great day that will be for Linux! Adobe asks that we send all suggestions of this nature to:

Adobe Systems, Inc.PhotoShop Product Management345 Park AvenueSan Jose, CA 95110-2704

I hope that many of you will send requests to Adobe to let them know how you feel.

—Jason F.jasonf@usi.net

APO Mailing

I'd like to ask in an open forum that computer product resellers, and Linux folks specifically, allow for U.S. forces overseas to have better web commerce access.

Although we can often order products, many web-based address databases are unable to accept an APO/FPO address. There also seems to be a small lack of understanding of how mail from the U.S. is delivered to troops stationed overseas.

When a package is sent to an APO/FPO address, it is carried by U.S. Postal Service mail to one of three military postal offices. New York serves European troops, Miami serves troops in the southern hemisphere, and San Francisco serves the Pacific installations. There is no additional cost to the shipper—the military picks up the tab as soon as it gets to the APO/FPO. If the city is added to the address, it can have terminal effects on packages, many of which never arrive or are bounced around several places. We cannot receive mail from either FedEx or UPS.

There are web commerce servers that provide for this type of addressing, but more need to be available. I appreciate the efforts of the web maintainers in keeping good commerce available and ask for this request to be considered.

—Leam Hallgers hom@spidernet.it

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