[TriLUG] Re: Linux for the desktop
alfjon at mindspring.com
Fri Nov 7 16:30:06 EST 2003
On Friday 07 November 2003 01:09 pm, you wrote:
> Janyne Kizer wrote:
> > The missing pieces for us are -- desktop publishing (Microsoft
> > Publisher-like application), easy to use graphics program (they have
> > GIMP but find it to be overkill and I agree). We have not had a demand
> > for a project management applications (Microsoft Project-like) but I
> > think that the organization could use it and I am looking for a more
> > fully featured one than MrProject.
> For "easy to use graphics program" are you looking for something
> like Paint Shop Pro? I know CorelPaint was available for linux
> for a while on a free (as in beer) basis. Have you looked into
> that? (Actually, I don't know if it is still available or not, sorry.)
> For the other two, well, those of you saying that the linux desktop
> isn't there yet, there's a concrete need that has yet to be met.
> Time to get working. ;-)
Tanner, you've just brought up something that I think Tri-lug might be able
to do to improve the desktop, when you mentioned "CorelPaint was available"
..."for a while.... "
Wouldn't it be smart if Tri-lug could create a software library of Linux
software which might be useful to members in the future. Maybe I'm just
ignorant and there's some website already doing this, if so kindly disregard
this message. Or maybe there are some legal problems with doing this. If so
I'm sure someone will be happy to tell me what they are.
Naturally I'm talking about saving the source code for GPL programs, and not
those programs which are still protected by copyrights Since we can't
predict what will be useful to Linux users in the future, we
ought to start collecting applications which look like they might be useful
in the future. Since it's impossible to predict what might be useful in the
future, we probably ought to try and save all non-copyrighted applications ,
and save only the source codes. In case you're thinking
that this might be expensive, remember that CD's are dirt cheap and source
code can be compacted into very little space.
In other words, we probably ought to start a Tri-lug software library.
Now let's hear from the "SCO lawyers" who'll probably tell us why we
shouldn't do this, because they already own all the Linux software in the
world :-)) ---- Al Johnson.
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