A New Design Book for LibreOffice
Once upon a time, new software shipped with massive manuals the size of telephone directories. Shelves in computer stores used to sag under the weight of the hefty boxes, and digital manuals were no smaller. For those of us old enough to remember those days, getting to grips with new software without the paper brick can be hard. Of course, the scarcity of manuals has been a good thing for book publishers. And it's allowed development teams to focus on what they do best: writing and testing code.
But buying huge libraries of expensive tech books is beyond the reach of many FOSS users. Economics is one of the factors that attracts users to the FOSS world, especially in developing countries.
Teaching yourself to use an app through experimentation is possible, but it can be time-consuming. Scouring Google and YouTube for tutorials can be frustrating, especially when the tutorials are outdated or incomplete. In fact, a little time spent on community forums shows it's a common problem for users of all ages. Most users tend to gravitate toward the most visible icons and learn to use a small percentage of the available features.
Even when you are blessed with an official manual, those weighty tomes rarely make for light or enjoyable reading. They're better suited to use as a reference work rather than as a practical guide.
What new users (also experienced ones) need is a practical course in a book—a book that teaches you how to get things done using the application, rather than a painful dissection of every feature and menu option.
Designing with LibreOffice is a new book from Bruce Byfield (who also happens to be a longtime LJ contributor). Its premise is simple. It will teach you what you need to know to use LibreOffice as an expressive tool to make your documents and presentations appealing and rich.
As such, it promises to be much more than a dry list of menus and features. Instead, it covers the basic principles of design and demonstrates how to express them through LibreOffice.
It's also applicable to OpenOffice, NeoOffice, Apache OpenOffice and other OpenOffice derivatives. And like the software, it's free. The book has been released under the appropriately liberal Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license. This means you can share it, modify it and even sell it. It's available in PDF format and in ODT. You also can order a physical version of the book from Lulu.com.
The book's emphasis on style and design means that users will gain a deeper understanding of how to create beautiful documents, diagrams, spreadsheets and presentations. Bruce covers the features that make LibreOffice the most powerful suite for rapidly styling these files.
Furthermore, he makes a convincing argument for the "LibreOffice way". Readers will learn why you shouldn't approach LibreOffice with the same attitude as Microsoft's Office apps.
LibreOffice is a great suite of tools, and Designing with LibreOffice is a great hands-on guide to using it professionally. You can download the PDF from here.
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
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