DraftSight is a free 2D CAD product that lets you create, edit and view your DWG files.
Based on an advanced architecture, DraftSight has a small footprint, should take less than a few minutes to download, and runs on multiple operating systems including Microsoft® Windows XP®, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7 (general release), Mac® and Linux®** (Mac and Linux currently in Beta).
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Now and then, office-type documents need to be converted. The latex users have always been able to produce a variety of formats from the command line, but for the OpenOffice/LibreOffice users, manual labor has been the solution. That changes with unoconv. Now you can convert to most file formats directly from the command line.
Unoconv is handy for many tasks. I commonly use it to convert all documents in a directory to PDFs, or MS Office compatible formats for clients. The beauty of it is that these previously tedious tasks are now one-liners.
If you’re on ubuntu or derivates (I’m on kubuntu) you can install unoconv from the command prompt:
$ sudo apt-get install unoconv
Having done that, you need to start the server half of unoconv.
$ unoconv --listener
Give this a few seconds to settle. It starts an instance of OpenOffice in the background which it ties into. To use this instance of OpenOffice for format conversion, now try the following:
$ unoconv -f pdf *.odp *.odt
This will convert all text documents and presentations to pdfs. There isn’t much control in the process, but if you want the standard output, it is a great help.
When it comes to exporting to MS Office formats, you have slightly more control. You can, for instance, target the format doc, doc6 and doc95, meaning Word 97/2000/XP, Word 6.0 and Word 95 respectively.
The project is alive, so there is good hope to have the final glitches sorted out. The tool spits out a couple of scary warnings now and then, but the documents seem to turn out well.
The conversion is based entirely on OpenOffice’s conversion, so the quality is what you know from there. Since the conversion is automatic, you might have to limit yourself at times. For instance, I’ve learned that not using the arrow connectors, but instead relying on lines, helps in odp to ppt conversion. Also, the ppts produced are not compatible with the very latest MS Office on Mac – but then you can create PDF’s just as easy.
FFmpeg 0.5.1 is released, This release fixes security, packaging and licensing issues for FFmpeg 0.5, but it is a maintenance only release; no new codecs, formats or other feature are being introduced. The full details are spelled out in the the release notesand changelog.
There have been security fixes for the ASF, Ogg and MOV/MP4 demuxers as well as the FFv1, H.264, HuffYUV, MLP, MPEG audio and Snow decoders. libswscale can now be compiled in LGPL mode, albeit with x86 optimizations disabled. Some non-free bits in a test program were replaced. The AC-3 decoder is now completely LGPL. AMR-NB/WB support is now possible in free software through the OpenCORE libraries.
To help packagers, the x264 glue code was updated to work with newer versions and symbol versioning was backported, as was the lock management API. The symbol versioning change is enabled on platforms that support it. This allows users to upgrade from 0.5.1 to the upcoming 0.6 release without having to recompile their applications. While this release is both API and ABI compatible with 0.5, please note that distributors have to recompile applications against 0.5.1 in order to make seamless upgrades to 0.6 possible.
Release Note :
– build system updates
– documentation updates
– fix for GPL code in libswscale that was erroneously activated
– AltiVec code in libswscale is now LGPL
– remaining GPL parts in AC-3 decoder converted to LGPL
– (L)GPL license upgrade support
– AMR-NB decoding/encoding, AMR-WB decoding via OpenCORE libraries
– enable symbol versioning by default for linkers that support it
– backport av_lockmgr_register(), see doc/APIchanges for details
– security fixes for:
– ASF, Ogg and MOV demuxers
– FFv1, H.264, HuffYUV, MLP, MPEG audio and Snow decoders
Dr.Web Security Suite for Unix Appliance and Dr.Web® anti-virus for Linux (GUI based) is a group of modular solutions that can be installed on appliances running Unix-family (Linux/FreeBSD/Solaris(x86) operating systems. The solutions work as a corporate Internet-gateway – a proxy-server used to provide access to the Internet to intranet users.
Depending on your licensing scheme and the set of selected plugins solutions of Dr.Web Security Suite for Unix Appliance can perform the following tasks:
process incoming and outdoing mail and filter out viruses and spam;
scan http and ftp traffic for viruses;
detect and remove any malicious objects;
parse e-mails and analyze each component of a message;
filter e-mail according to white and black lists;
process correctly archived files of most known formats including multi-volume and self-extracting (SFX) archives;
notify recipients or other selected users on results of scanning using templates ensuring that provided information is easy to read
collect statistics regarding all activities of the system;
protect its own plug-ins against failures.
Dr.Web means its own technologies and anti-virus laboratory
Dr.Web anti-virus technology has been developed since 1992 and is owned by Doctor Web.
here are few anti-virus vendors in the world with their own technologies for detecting and curing malware, a virus monitoring service and an analytical laboratory. It provides a rapid response to latest threats and allows solving any problems of customers in a few hours.
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As usual, Doctor Web makes its contribution to development of open source anti-virus products. Solutions included in Dr.Web Security Suite for Unix Appliance have an unlimited potential for expanding their functionality. Virtually any user with a sufficient skill can implement a desired feature using the source code and the SDK supplied with the software.
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An add-on to the Dr.Web virus database is released when new entries are added as often as several times per hour. Hot add-ons are released immediately after a new threat has been analyzed. The global virus monitoring network delivers latest samples of viruses from all over the world. Users retrieve updates from several servers located on different parts of the globe.
In my default setup of Windows XP, on my particular Ubuntu 9.04 box, the installation of Windows XP rendered a perfectly usable desktop with 32 bit colors in 800×600 resolution. This resolution, of course, is not ideal for some situations (such as Full Screen mode). In order to get a higher resolution, along with other features, you have to install Guest Additions. This is a simple process that can be done quickly and yields a much better user experience than the default. So…let’s get to the installation.
Before you attempt to do the installation of the guest additions you have to have your virtual machine up and running. Once that VM is running you will see three menu entries at the top of the window: Machine, Devices, and Help. You want to click on the Devices entry and then click the Install Guest Additions entry (see Figure 1).
What you will see is a warning message instructing you that the Guest Additions CD image could not be found. Fear not, this is normal. Click Yes in order to download the image and then Download to confirm. You will see a progress bar at the bottom left of your VM window.
When that download has finished you will be asked if you want to Mount the image. Click the Mount button to reveal the Sun xVM setup wizard. Click Next in the welcome screen which will take you to the license agreement window. Click the I Agree button (and read the license if you feel so inclined.)
What you are now doing is a fairly straightforward Windows application-like installation. The only “gotcha” during installation will be a warning that the software did not pass the Windows Logo testing. Ignore this warning and click Continue Anyway. Your screen will flicker for a second – don’t worry.
You will see this warning another time when it attempts to install software for the pointing devices.
After that warning the installation will complete and, in typical Windows fashion, you will be required to reboot your virtual machine. Do this. When the reboot completes you will find your virtual machine much easier to work with. Now:
Seamless mode is a very interesting trick. What this does is take the elements of Windows out of the VM window and layer them on top of your Linux desktop.
As you can see, in Figure 3, with seamless mode activated all Windows applications have their own window. So in this instance Internet Explorer appears to be running on Linux by itself. And the Windows task bar is resting nicely on top of the GNOME panel.
You toggle between seamless and non-seamless mode by pressing the Hot Key and the “L” key. The default Hot Key is the right Ctrl key.
This is truly some exciting work. With the help of VirtualBox you can, effectively, have your cake and eat it too (as the saying goes.) Work with Windows applications inside of Linux without needing the help of Wine.