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Astronomy on the Desktop

Wednesday, 15 February 2012 - 16:53 PM - (Software)

Many people's initial exposure to science is through astronomy, and they are inspired by that first look through a telescope or their first glimpse of a Hubble image. Several software packages are available for the Linux desktop that allow users to enjoy their love of the stars. I look at several packages in this article that should be available for most distributions. more>>

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You Need A Budget

Friday, 10 February 2012 - 18:38 PM - (Software)

This time of year is often rough on finances, and although there are many money-management tools available for Linux, none are quite like You Need A Budget, or YNAB for short. Unlike traditional budgeting programs, YNAB focuses on a few simple rules to help you get out of debt and, more important, to see where your money is going. more>>

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Basic Chemistry on the GNOME Desktop

Friday, 20 January 2012 - 17:02 PM - (Software)

Avogadro

I've realized I've missed out on a huge area of computational science—chemistry. Many packages exist for doing chemistry on your desktop. This article looks at a general tool called avogadro. It can do computations of energy and gradient values. Additionally, it can do analysis of molecular systems, interface to GAMESS and import and export from and to several file formats. more>>

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Short Notices: News In Linux Audio

Wednesday, 11 January 2012 - 16:24 PM - (Software)

A Spectrum3D screenshot.

I hope all my readers enjoyed the best of the holiday season. I've been busy with the predictable confusions and minor crises that attend this time of year, but I managed to find time to jot down some recommendations for my readers. Go on, you've been good, give yourself a few extra belated gifts and don't worry if your budget's busted - it's all free software, you can't beat these deals. more>>

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Four Hidden Tools in Scribus

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 - 13:00 PM - (Software)

Scribus Logo

Scribus is a powerful tool, but its menus are poorly laid-out. While you can usually find the features you most frequently use without any trouble, others may be hidden almost anywhere. From the Extras, Script, and Windows menus to the Document Setup dialog, useful features can be positioned almost anywhere, with only the most token regard for logic. more>>

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