Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bounty, Contact Me

Please contact me email drichard at or dave_largo on the IRC if you might be interested in a minor bounty project. Apparently the Layout Slides in OpenOffice Impress are hard coded into the source. An example of adding another slide is displayed on this issue. We would like to add 2 more slides. One that is a 2x2 grid to hold photos, and the other which is 3x2. I have circled them in the mockup below. I would create the issue on, you would attach the patch. It would be my job to get it accepted and merged.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Keep The Changes Coming

One if the hardest things about working with users is translating theircomplaints about using open source software into something actionable. One of the things that we have heard before is that people sometimes didn't like how the charts work in OpenOffice. Chart2 helped that greatly. I'm now getting very positive feedback concerning the anti-aliasing found in OOo 3.1. (shot below: 3.0 vs 3.1). If you guys keep sending these things to those of us that implement software, it becomes easier and easier to deploy Linux and OpenOffice! Thanks to all involved.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Evolution Pleasantness

I feel like it would be easy to get into a rut of using a blog to vent about problems. I wanted to send out some kudos. I'm involved with the beta program for prepping Evolution 2.24 for use with Novell Groupwise. We are making progress and things are looking better and better every day. I look forward to completing this project and getting the features moved out to our users. I also am excited at the prospect of this being available for corporate customers who are considering Linux. Email, word processing and browsing are the core functions of any business/Government desktop and they are getting better and better all the time.

Quick Project Updates: Getting back into the pulse questions I raised in my last blog; testing Firefox 3.1 and all plugins, testing Openoffice 3.1, testing Groupwise 8, looking at thin client updates. ToDo List: Avant code re-sync, QA HP 5735 thin client testing, check out Nomad over low bandwidth on thin clients, re-sync with latest Compiz.

( shot: Evolution 2.24 with Groupwise and webcals)