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What to use?

Posted 11-03-2011 at 02:15 PM by williamfromtexas

There's so much OSS around us it's hard to know what or where to start.

I just heard of a cool new open stuff: Newscoop, a newspaper content management system. I like to write and publish, I like CM systems. The problem is that Source Fabric, the releasing organization, has also released another really cool system, for radio broadcasting.

Similar story for this: Libre Graphics magazine. I love it, it's origins are a great example of what people can do on a whim and a passion with OSS. It's got good material and lovely graphics. The problem? Its pages are filled with reviews and use-cases of OSS tools I haven't yet tried, and tips, tricks, upcoming confs, and the like.

I just can't learn it all!

I am not a film director, so I probably don't need that new stop-motion animation editor. As cool as it is, it's just a distraction. All I really use in my work is a couple browsers of choice and gedit. In my freetime I can't possibly learn how to properly use all the other software that I want.

What we're confronted with is, quite literally, a giant library. It's filled with books that you would like to read, but just don't have time to.

Where does it all stop?
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    I understand your predicament. I try to limit my playing with new programs or some new software trick to four hours a week. I also devote four hours to reading on new os releases and new os's. I maintain between 9 to 12 distros on my computer so that usually takes one day of my time to keep updated. The rest of my time I do my part time job. In case you are wondering I am retired.
    Posted 11-03-2011 at 02:54 PM by Larry Webb Larry Webb is offline


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