Free Software Alternatives

  • Episode 232
  • February 28, 2012
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Robbie and Christa demonstrate the GNU Image Manipulation Program and LibreOffice as viable alternatives to their expensive counterparts, available for Windows, Linux or Mac computers.

This episode is sponsored in part by: Liquid Image, Garden Gate Farms and Cordery Electric.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Christa Wells present live from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • Christa just returned from vacation in Mexico.
  • Send in your viewer postcards.
  • {play 6:20}Viewer Questions
  • Viewer Question: What kind of router would you recommend for home use? It must be good for a few computers and wireless.
  • Looking at the Netgear WNR3500L router, and why you want one (or a similar model).
  • Viewer Comment: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions on Episode 231. I'm going to install the 64-bit version of Debian.
  • How Debian got its name (true story!).
  • Viewer Question: I find VNC to be very slow. Is there a different or faster way to connect to a Linux VirtualBox guest than VNC?
  • Viewer Comment: Your episodes on building an unRAID server were great; I'm using unRAID now instead of a Windows file server and it's much faster.
  • Viewer Comment: Remote Desktop will let you use sound, where VNC won't.
  • Viewer Question: With PHP, you had includes. However, with HTML5, this doesn't work. Is there a way to do includes in HTML5?
  • Viewer Question: I want to buy a new laptop, but most are with the nVidia Optimus graphics card, but I've heard it's not supported in Linux. Would you buy one, or is there a better alternative? Perhaps ATI?
  • What the nVidia Optimus chip is, and how it saves power on laptops.
  • Viewer Comment: I have a GTX480 running with Unity and have no problems.
  • Robbie's sweater vests.
  • Christa's schooling, and what she's learning.
  • {play 29:29}Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
  • {play 36:48}Feature: The GIMP's alternative to Photoshop's "Liquify" plugin: IWarp.
  • Loading a web-based image directly into the GIMP without having to first download it.
  • A quick demonstration of tweaking an image in the GIMP.
  • Using the Distorts -> IWarp filter in GNU Image Manipulation Program to liquify an image, stretching parts of the photograph.
  • Animating image warping with the GIMP makes it better than Photoshop's Liquify plugin.
  • The Category5 photo gallery.
  • {play 45:16}LibreOffice makes a great alternative to the commercial Microsoft Office suite.
  • An introduction to LibreOffice.
  • LibreOffice will open Microsoft Office files such as Excel's XLS format, Word's DOC or DOCX formats or PowerPoint's PPT format.
  • Obtaining LibreOffice.
  • The difference between OpenOffice and LibreOffice.
  • {play 52:01}A warning about phone phishing scams that are on the rise.
  • Fake Microsoft phone calls are tricking people into providing personal information or access to their computers.
  • Christa will be back at school for the next 2 months.

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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Christa Wells

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