Open Office 3.0

If you have not been living under a rock, you probably heard by now that Office 3.0 was released to the general public on October 13th. If you have not heard about the Open Office 3.0 release, it’s time to get familiar with the Open Office 3.0 application.

Open Office is an open-source Office Suite of Applications. It’s the free, open-source equivalent to MS Office suite of applications. Open Office 3.0 contains a Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentations, Graphics, Formula and Database capabilities. The biggest feature for this release; Open Office is now available to the Mac.

Other prominent features are Open Office can now open files saved in Microsoft 2007 or Microsoft 2008 for the Mac. The new suite plays nicely with Visual Basic and Microsoft Access 2007 formats. Users can also create Web 2.0 documents in XHTML and MediaWiki formats.

With third-party addons, more capabilities are available including an Impress presenter console, support for business analytics, PDF import, and the creation of Hybrid PDF documents.

The Open Office website is currently experiencing high traffic due to huge amount of downloads. It seems like a popular site at the moment. If you want to check it out, visit the Open Office website.

Gmail IMap and Evolution

I had trouble setting up Gmail IMAP in Evolution in the past that the only way I fixed it was removing Evolution and installing Thunderbird. But, today is a very good day. I finally got Gmail IMAP to work in Evolution! This post is to document the Gmail IMap configuration in Evolution as a future reference. Hopefully, someone will read it and benefit from it as well. So, here we go. Let’s add a new account in Evolution by accessing the menu. Pull down the Edit > Preferences. Click Add to add new account.

Identity Tab

Let’s start with the Identity Tab. Enter the name of the account. In my case, I am simply calling it “Gmail.” Now, enter your full name and your email address. You can add a optional signature if you want.

Receiving Email Tab

In the Receiving Email tab, please select “IMap” server type. Enter “imap.gmail.com:993” as the server. The username is your full email address. Select “SSL encryption” for the secure connection type. The authentication type is “Password.” Checking remember password is optional if you want to avoid typing in the password everytime you access Evolution.

Receiving Options Tab

This section is really a personal choice. I like to be able to check messages every 10 minutes, show only subscribed folder as well as automatically synchronize remote mail locally.

Sending Email Tab

Please select “SMTP” for server type. Use “smtp.gmail.com:587” for the server. Use “TLS encryption” for secure connection. Select “Login” for authentication type. Use your full email account name for the username. Checking the remember password feature is optional.

The rest of the Tab folders are optional settings that you can set based on your own personal choice. That’s it. How I failed to get it to work previously was beyond me. Sometimes missing a single parameter can mean a whole lot of difference.

Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1

The Ubuntu Eee is Ubuntu optimized for the Asus Eee PC. It uses the Netbook Remix interface for easy access to applications. The distribution uses Firefox 3 for secure web browsing experience and OpenOffice for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and dozens of other software. The latest Ubuntu Eee release is 8.04.1. It’s compatible with Asus’ Eee 701 series, 2G, 900, 901, 1000, and 1000H models.

Download the latest Ubuntu Eee.

Installing VirtualBox in Ubuntu 8.04

Installing Virtual Box in Ubuntu should be an easy endeavor. I have come across several how-to documents that were confusing to say the least. This document will try to simplify the steps involved in installing Virtual Box in Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. Ok, let’s get started.

1. First, determine the current Linux kernel you are using. Click on Applications > Accessories > Terminal. Type the command:

$ uname -a
Linux penelope 2.6.24-19-generic

The result shows I’m running the Linux 2.6.24-19 kernel.

2. Next, install Virtual Box using the apt-get command. Substitute your current Linux kernel for virtualbox-ose-modules-generic.

$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose virtualbox-ose-source
virtualbox-ose-modules-2.6.24-19-generic

3. Add yourself to the vboxusers group using one of the 3 commands. Choose only one command. I ran the first one.

sudo gpasswd -a `whoami` vboxusers
sudo usermod -Gvboxusers -a `whoami`
sudo adduser $USER vboxusers

4. Log out of your desktop session by hitting CTRL-ALT-Backspace. When you log in, your group membership will be updated.

5. Congratulations. You have successfully installed Virtual Box.

To install another OS, refer to the documentation Using Virtual Box.

The screenshot below shows the gOS 3 running on my Virtual Box.

gOS 3 Gadgets

gOS 3 Gadgets is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 8.04.1. The package contain applications or Google gadgets like Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, Skype, Pidgin, YouTube, WikiPedia, Blogger and the Open Office Presentation, Spreadsheet and Word Processor.

In addition, Wine is installed allowing thousands of Windows application to run under Linux like Photoshop, Internet Explorer, etc. Prism, a new application by Mozilla is also installed allowing web application to be split from the browser and run directly on the gOS desktop. Google Mail, Calendar, Documents and YouTube are run through Prism.

Give gOS 3 Gadgets distribution a try. Just download the ISO from the gOS website. Burn the ISO to a CD drive. Place the CD in the drive and reboot the computer. Select start or “install gOS.” Once gOS is loaded, click the “install” icon to begin installation. When finished, just reboot.

If you are an experienced Ubuntu user, it takes a little bit to get used to gOS menu’s, icons, and window controls. gOS reminds me so much of Mac in terms of the icons, navigation and controls. But you can’t go wrong with gOS since it is built on top of a solid Ubuntu distribution.

Compiz and RandRRotation Working

Today, I decided to do a clean install of Ubuntu 8.04 on my desktop. Before wiping out my disk, I backed up all my personal files in my home directory to an external USB drive. The Ubuntu installation was a breeze. No glitches whatsover.

After the install, I added three programs: gPHPEdit, Audacity and Filezilla. In addition, I also installed Compiz Fusion to activate the “eye candy” graphics effects. As I expected, the screen rotation for displaying in Portrait mode wasn’t working with the nvidia driver.

My setup is a Nvidia FX-5200 graphics card and a HP w2207h widescreen monitor. So, I fiddled with the xorg.conf file a little bit. After a couple of tries, to my big ultimate surprise, I got both Compiz Fusion and RandRRotation working together! Woot!

Here’s my xorg.conf configuration.

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Driver  "nvidia"
Option "NoLogo" "True"
Option "RandRRotation"
EndSection

I’m ecstatic to say the very least.