Ubuntu Netbook drops OpenOffice in favor of Google Docs

Ubuntu Netbook remix is planned to remove OpenOffice.org and replace it with Google Docs. It’s an odd choice and it probably is some Google influence. Probably Google paid them or something.

According to the latest Ubuntu Netbook Remix Blueprint, the Ubuntu community have decided to drop OpenOffice from the default installation of Ubuntu Netbook Edition for the upcoming Lucid Lynx release, atleast for now. Now documents will be opened by default in Google Docs.

The developers have been removing applications that are irrelevant on a netbook. While document editing is clearly a not irrelevant on a netbook, the developers feel that with netbooks being used mostly for internet related works, Google Docs will suffice. (Source: Digitizor)

Honestly I hardly use OpenOffice in my netbook. The screen estate made it unsuitable for editing. If you still want OpenOffice.org, you can always download manually of course but I suspect most would probably stick with Google Docs.

How to install GNOME in Ubuntu Server

After installing Ubuntu Server, you can be in dismay when you are greeted with a command prompt. It’s the 21st century and let’s not act tough that the terminal in the coolest thing. It really isn’t unless you want to show it off to your pals. (On an absolutely unrelated note: Don’t bother flexing your terminal skills to girls, they get impressed with your nerd culture and your coolness drop to -10.)

Okay let’s install some graphical user interface for humans alright. If you want to install GNOME in Ubuntu Server or the Cloud Enterprise Server, you can. And here is how to do it:

[code lang=”bash”]sudo apt-get install –no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop[/code]

The no-install-recommends command begins with 2 dashes but WordPress gets hungry and ate one of them so be sure to correct that when typing.

If you leave out the “no-install-recommends” option, Ubuntu installs software such as OpenOffice.org. They’re basically things I don’t want in a server. This is useful when you want a user interface but do not want things like games etc.. All these programs makes Ubuntu feel “unclean” for me. My preferred method of installing Ubuntu is always to use the Server edition and then install the GNOME interface with the above code.

Anti-aliasing finally comes to OpenOffice.org

One of the reasons that turn me off from OpenOffice.org is the artwork seems a little toward the ugly side. And the thing they lack? Anti-aliasing. In digital signal processing, anti-aliasing is the technique of minimizing the distortion artifacts known as aliasing when representing a high-resolution signal at a lower resolution. Anti-aliasing is used in digital photography, computer graphics, digital audio, and many other applications. (From Wikipedia since I’m lazy)

Finally: Anti Aliasing is done for OOo 3.1!

After a long preparation and implementation phase, Anti-Aliasing is available and will be activated for OOo 3.1 in all Applications and on all Systems. This was one of the most voted issues.

As You may have noticed, the task took 5 years to complete. Why did it take such a long time? The preconditions for Anti-Aliasing had to be created first. The internal geometric representations used before were simply not precise enough. Also, rendering and data were not orthogonal (not divided as in Model/View/Controller paradigm). A new tooling to work with enhanced precision was needed, too. Fast enough methods for Anti-Aliasing on all systems had to be evaluated. All this had to be done in a compatible manner, migrating the ‘living’ office over that time. All in all, about 500,000 lines of code were changed/rewritten (CWSes aw024, aw033, aw059). Doesn’t sound like a dead project, does it? If You are interested in more details, You may follow the task’s description and its discussions and links. (Source: GullFOSS)

But 500,000 lines of code were rewrittened for this? That’s a hell lot just to see anti-aliasing.

New Year’s almost ending

And assignment submission date is coming. My assignments are more or less completed. Yes they look a little like rushed work but they’re completed. I had this crazy obsession with formatting in Word 2007. And that of course is the reason why I can’t move away from Word. Whoever tell me Open Office is cool apparently does not work on numbered document listings and table of contents much. So please save your voices, Office Word 2007 rocks for me and I will not convert at this point of time.

Looking like Word does not mean it is Word.