Killer App Alternatives

The Linux Journal covers an iTunes shiny red fruit alternative Juice (homepage) providing cross platform access to podcasts.

A key suite of software many people require when using a computer is word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software. The first cross platform one that comes to my mind as a solid alternative to commercial offerings is Libre Office though I don’t know what the state of The Document Foundation vs. Apache Foundation OpenOffice incubation might be to bring the OpenOffice name back to this excellent software product.

What apps do you find people must have when coming to Linux from other platforms?

P.S. As a reminder, our 4th Sunday meeting at Bobby G’s is this Sunday, April 22nd. I hope you can join us. As we skipped the 2nd Sunday due to Easter it’s been quite awhile.

P.P.S. Mark your calendars for the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin release party coming up this Thursday at 7PM in SF at the Thirsty Bear and the Ubuntu Developers Summit May 7-11 in Oakland.

Big Linux computer move Friday

Fundamental changes are under way at the Creative Arts Charter School, due to a fire that struck on 12.22.11. The Linux desktop lab is being dispersed to make room for a Linux notebook lab. If you would like to help us move machines, please show up at the Creative Arts Charter School this Friday, April 13, 2012, at 9:00 a.m., at 1601 Turk Street at the corner of Pierce. Please bring tools that you will need to triage machines, such as copies of Ubuntu 10.04, screw drivers, needle nose pliers, cable testers, and so forth. Also wear old clothes, because you might get just a little bit dirty moving machines! We will probably be done by about 2:30 pm or so, depending on how it goes. And we will feed you lunch! If you have a camera, please feel free to bring it! Also, people who can drive a truck or a car are especially welcome.

Please feel free to call my google voice number at 415-935-1701, which rings through to my cell phone, so that I can help orient you, as the school is fairly large.

You can read more about the fire here:

Come join us and be a part of this watershed event in the history of Linux in San Francisco public schools!