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KDE4: It hurt, but did it work?

Last month's release of the KDE 4.4 desktop environment restored the faith of many after what has been something of a roller coaster two years. Even the most loyal KDEians found that loyalty stretched by the debut of version 4.0 in 2008. Reassessing, and with hindsight, I think it's fair to characterize the whole saga as both a cautionary tale and an admirable example. more>>

Quick and Dirty with Open Office Base.

Even with all of the high quality software available, sometimes you just have to break down and write a custom application, and usually you don't have a lot of time to devote to it. This is the situation I found myself in when my wife started a new business and needed a simple means of tracking sales leads. more>>

The Small Picture: More Extensions

Every few weeks, I like to browse the Extensions site to see what is available, and what people are using.

New extensions that are both useful and well-designed seem to be getting few and far between. However, if you search patiently, you can still find extensions worth trying. more>>

The Future of the KDE Free Desktop

Aaron Seigo and Sebastian Kügler, two leading developers in the KDE community, share their ideas on the future of the Free Desktop. more>>

KDE 4 on Windows

Let KDE Konquer your Windows desktop. more>>

Re-invent Your Desktop with Plasma!

Don't settle for a desktop that came out of a box; find out how to write your own Plasma widgets (aka plasmoids) and give your desktop a shot in the arm or a kick in the you-know-what. more>> vs. Microsoft Office

Nobody disputes that Microsoft Office is king of the hill in office suites, but if you put marketing and market share aside, how does compare? more>>

Running Remote Applications

Displaying remote applications on a local system or even controlling a remote desktop requires little configuration and almost no changes to your everyday application use. more>>

The Linux Desktop - The View from LinuxCon

I have just finished up three days at LinuxCon in Portland, put on by the Linux Foundation. As you might expect from such an event, there were discussions on a wide range of topics, some to get you thinking, some to excite you and some to challenge your notions. more>> Cross-References Revisited

Four years ago, I wrote an article about writer called "Fielding Questions, Part 2 - Cross References and User-Defined Fields." I regularly receive mail about it, but these days I have to preface each reply by explaining that the article is obsolete. Repeating the explanation gets old quickly, so I decided that an update is necessary. more>> Calc: The Mysteries of DataPilots Revealed

If you're coming fresh from Microsoft Excel, you might wonder where the Pivot tables are in Calc. The problem is, they're masquerading under the name of DataPilots. But, under any name, DataPilots are Calc's way of allowing you to quickly reorganize information in a range of cells so that you can gain a new insight into them. more>>

Fast Is Hot

Last month, we reported here about Splashtop, which starts a laptop in only a few seconds. Since then, Splashtop reportedly has found its way into the Lenovo IdeaPad S10e and the ASUS Eee PC. more>>

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