From the article:

Exchanging business cards is a rudimentary form of networking (the people, not the server kind). However, to get the most out of the exchange, you need a card that attracts attention and reflects the image or values you want to project.

Unfortunately, Writer’s tool for producing business cards does such a poor job of realizing both these goals that it is better avoided. However, if you know where to look, Writer also includes other tools that make designing business cards as easy as possible.

More here.



Save a screenshotThere are plenty of instances when it would be handy to take a quick screenshot… maybe you’re working on some technical documentation, or maybe you’re trying to troubleshoot a problem, or maybe you just want to prove to your buddies you got the “high score”…  Whatever the reason, here are some quick tips on how to create a screenshot in Linux — well, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop with GNOME desktop at least…

(1) Entire Screen – Press the [Print Screen] button to take a snapshot of the entire screen. You can also add to your desktop panel this little icon  (Screenshot icon) for “Take a screenshot of your desktop”, or you can find it in the Applications menu under System (in GNOME), or maybe right-click the icon in your Apps menu to add it to your Favorites.  Either way, one click of the icon and it’ll take a screenshot… go figure.

Example screenshot:  Screenshot - full screen

(2) Current Window – Press [ALT] + [Print Screen] to take a snapshot of the currently chosen window.

Example screenshot:  Screenshot - window only

(3) Random Area Selection – Press the [Windows key] (aka, the “super” key) + click-and-drag yourself an area using the left mouse button.   I didn’t know this method even existed until this afternoon when I ran across it by chance.  How cool is that?!?

Example screenshot:  Screenshow - random area

The excellent Wine Review blog has an article about Photoshop running on Linux using WINE (WIne is NOT an Emulator), recommended read for the graphics artists in the audience.

From the article:

Mixed-media professionals such as photographers, Web designers, and graphic designers will not be disappointed in Adobe’s latest incarnation of Photoshop. In this release, Adobe aims hard at addressing the issues of file management, easy photo retouching, and smarter output for the Web. While Adobe manages to successfully address these issues, it also remains true to its photo editing roots.

More from the article.


P.S.  Skip, don’t even think about using Photoshop on SLED, it’s the GIMP for you…

openSUSE 10.3 is now officially released and available. Here are some of the highlighted improvements and links to more info:

  • Beautiful green artwork
  • KDE 3.5.7
  • KDE 4
  • Gnome 2.20
  • GTK YaST
  • 1-Click Install
  • Multimedia (MP3 support out of the box)
  • New/Redesigned YaST Modules
  • Compiz and Compiz Fusion
  • Virtualization (Xen 3.1, VirtualBox, KVM,…)
  • OpenOffice 2.3
  • New package management
  • Faster boot times
  • and more…!

openSUSE 10.3 GM announcement

Novell press release

ZDnet blog mention

Download openSUSE

Jono Bacon, he of Lugradio fame and GNOME developer legend has a nice treatise on why Mono is great for applications on Linux at his blog.

Stop by the Lugradio site, subscribe to the podcasts and visit the forums.  Some of the shows are incredibly funny and somewhat NSFW, so beware and use some headphones.


As Skip mentioned in his recent post, AMD has decided to “get it’s act together” when it comes to a Linux video driver.  In fact, AMD is partnering with Novell SUSE Linux engineers to get this project moving.  More info on this here and here.

Well, the first fruits of that labor have hit the street.  Granted, this is only alpha-quality code, but hey – it’s progress and a positive indication of the collaboration to come.  Check it out here.

I know many of you out there have been complaining about the quality of the proprietary ATI video driver. Today ATI officially announced that it will officially be getting its act together.

In the second half of 2007 we [ATI/AMD] plan to deliver the most significant enhancements for ATI Radeon graphics ever for Linux and reaffirm our commitment to consumer users and the community as a whole.

-Catalyst 7.9 software release in September,

-AMD will add Linux support for the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series of graphics processors.

– In addition to expanded GPU support, Catalyst 7.9 is being designed to offer a number of major performance improvements across the board with users seeing up to 90 per cent improvement in such popular titles as Doom 3 and Quake 4

-In Q4 2007, AMDs Catalyst software package for Linux will add support for Accelerated Indirect GLX (AIGLX). AIGLX is an enabling technology that allows Linux users to enjoy a rich visual 3D user interface that provides a more immersive end-user compute experience.

You can read the full release here:

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