And there *is* an alternative for the Libre/Open/GNUOffice package, called LaTex. This release is for those who need an high-quality typesetting solution without non-sense. LinuxBBQ “Latex” – wrapped in XFCE4.10 – comes with Lyx, texmaker and Dia pre-installed (containing the basic and recommended modules), as well as the zotero/qnotero/gnote/iceweasel combo for reference/citation management and the Zim desktop wiki. Sounds like work, doesn’t it.
If root access is needed, use sudo or gksudo. Installer is in Menu -> System -> Install LinuxBBQ”
I have spent the last days working on a desktop for Visually Impaired users and found it quite hard to find the balance between Universal Design (which means being usable and useful for everyone without annoyances) and Assistive Technology (adjust the desktop to the needs and not vice versa). Until now “Free” is quite talkative during boot, login and inside the session, and as next step comes barrier-free launch of applications (using shortcuts, an audio menu and voice control) Pidgin reads the incoming messages, unfortunately it is not (yet?) possible to answer with spoken words, but at least keystrokes give audible feedback. Podcasts are downloaded in the background and stored in a /Podcast directory, and radio stations known from Radiotray can be accessed without GUI. Of course there’s also the Speech Synthesis output when text is marked (Ctrl-A) and this works in every application. The “Upgrade Warnings” tools has a new function, it acts as news reader that fetches the Top 10 headlines every 15 minutes and reads them on mouse-click.
If anybody has other ideas or recommendations, I’m all ears!
We have a new family member – Ladies, this is Stud:
He is here to satisfy young female (and male) students’ needs with his handsome set (from Abiword to Zotero there’s a lot in the bag). Please give him a warm welcome
Just to roast it short and crispy, here are the links to the Release Candidates for i686:
LinuxBBQ “Bauchspeck” (GNOME Edition)
LinuxBBQ “Paardenrookvlees” (MATE Edition)
LinuxBBQ “Kielbasa” (XFCE Edition)
and the rolling base systems:
LinuxBBQ “Saltimbocca” (486 Base for older hardware)
LinuxBBQ “Saltimbocca” (i686 Base)
LinuxBBQ “Escargot” (amd64 Base – to be updated again in December)
Later this week I’ll upload two “special purpose editions”.
Originally I had planned to make these releases ready for the prime in January 2013, and things are looking good. At the moment I’m porting the CLI apps to the GUI and working on a customization app (as part of the BBQ-Tools) Then there’s the repositories that need to be fed and of course real-life commitments
Wish you all a good start of the week!
Debian sid + experimental 3.5 kernel + Openbox + BBQTools = Saltimbocca
This release replaces the previous Pihtije and Disznosajt editions. “Saltimbocca” is the version that is designed to act as “Roast Your Own” base. With the bbqsnapshot tool users can create their own redistributable remasters as ISO file.
Get your copy here: http://linuxbbq.org/bbs/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=33