Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup we suggest there is a free and open source alternative to the Microsoft Enterprise Network. Then you are challenged to find significant differences in functionality between a free online graphic design application and Photoshop. In other news, Linux Insider reviews GnuCash 2.6 and DuckDuckGo is rockin’! Android, JSP and JSF Java Beans tutorials for you along with a mammoth video introductory course on Maven in the #jknowledge category.
A Free and Open Source Enterprise Network
Corporate IT thinks they need the comfort of Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory to manage their Enterprise Networks, but this post reminds them that Linux is all that and a bag of chips.
Pixlr Free Online Photoshop Clone
This free online graphic design editor is comparable to Photoshop, feature by feature. Seriously! I played with it a while and was very impressed, especially in its text handling. And yes, there’s layering, gradients and everything else most of us could want. That said, I’m a Linux Gimp Man and probably always will be.
Go, DuckDuck, Go!
DuckDuckGo reported phenomenal growth last year. Perhaps the fact that the service guarantees that it doesn’t save user searches has something to do with it. I started using Firefox about a month ago and DuckDuckGo is its default search engine, so I’ve been using DuckDuckGo almost exclusively. I might turn to Google occasionally when I think I want to different result, but that’s probably less than 10 percent of my searches. Here’s an additional post inspired by DuckDuckGo’s numbers written more as a narrative than a news item. The title might be a bit dramatic, but a good read none-the-less. Will DuckDuckGo eventually destroy Google in search?
An Android Tutorial Source Code Source
A link to a new article on applying Styles and Themes to Android apps led me to this Java Code Geeks list of Android application tutorials. Maybe because I’m a Java Guy and don’t subscribe to many iOS-related development sites, but there sure seems to be a lot of Android development resources out there. More than iOS I wonder?
Another link to a list of articles for you today, this time to a good JavaBeat series on JSP. Lots of good code excerpts with brief explanations to quickly help you to know what’s what.
Getting started with Apache Maven [Video course]
This video course looks to deliver everything you need to know to get up and running with Maven. “The course is organized in eight chapters, forty videos with a length between two and five minutes, for a total length of two hours. The aim of the course is to provide the shortest path to use maven effectively, but not everything in maven.”
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Today’s Vermont Photo is provided by Dougtone, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.