The popular Free and Open Source Office application, OpenOffice.org is going to have OpenXML (*.docx, *.xlsx, *.pptx) support by default. Scheduled to be release on September 2008, OpenOffice.org 3.0 packs a lot of features you might find interesting :
- Import PDF files support. PDF documents can be edited in Writer
- Official Mac OS support, now includes native “Aqua” interface
- Multiple page view in Writer
- Error bars in OpenOffice.org charts
- Supports OpenDocument 1.2 specification
The BETA is scheduled to be released on April 30th, 2008. For the time being, OpenOffice.org 2.x users can open Microsoft OpenXML files (*.docx, *.xlsx) using odf import filters
Thanks to Andrew Ziem for the original article, OpenOffice.org 3.0 new features, an early look
Dang seems my 6 years old PC (my Ubuntu PC) is starting to show its age, so I decided to set some budget aside to get a new computer for my workstation. I’m going to use it primarily as my development computer to develop .NET, C and java applications for mobile and embedded device. My current computer, Pentium 4 1.7GHz occasionally slows down to a crawl and plays dead on me with the amount of pressure I put on it (compiling, debugging, profilling).
I’ve a budget of around RM2.3k for a complete system without monitor. I’m looking for an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, with at least 2GB of RAM and 320GB storage. I seldom play graphic intensive game so I don’t mind much about graphic cards. What concern me most is the computer performance when I’m compiling/debugging apps.
I don’t have an exact date when I’m going to get a new PC, but seeing the amount of annoyance I’ve to face with an aging workstation, I will probably get it by the start of next year. Hopefully I could write and improves more applications once I get a new workstation.
Btw, keen readers might notice that I write less frequently nowadays, rest assured this pattern will not continue for long because currently I’m being swamped out by a lot of work that I’ve to do. I’ll be back writing at full pace after this month, and yes according to statistic — November is kinda a slow month for me.
Previously I’ve written a post about how to send/receive file over the bluetooth using CLI. Now i’m going to show you a quick way to send files over bluetooth using the standard “Send To” on GNOME. Like this
To enable this, you need :
- gnome-bluetooth (available from the repository)
- a Bluetooth dongle / device attached to your computer
After all requirements have been met, all you need to do is select the files which you wish to be send over bluetooth, and click “Send To”.
You should see a dialog similar like above, prompting you to select the desired bluetooth device.
It’s easy with Linux!
Another Hardy Heron Desktop preview, seems alot better than the previous ones
Note that none of this reflects how the “official” Ubuntu Hardy Heron release should look like. These mock up only shows how Hardy Heron would look like based on the basic ideas discussed on Ubuntu Wiki page.
Hardy Heron is the next Ubuntu Linux release scheduled to be available on April 24th, 2008.