Looking for a project to contribute to? Try Apache’s OpenOffice FAQs

For those interested in contributing to Apache’s OpenOffice Documentation Project, please visit:

https://wiki.openoffice.org/wiki/Documentation/Contribute

https://wiki.openoffice.org/wiki/Documentation/FAQ

Some high priority tasks include research regarding user forums. There are ongoing tasks and other ways to participate in our community!

It really looks like from the wiki, they are making headway with the FAQs as the originals have not been updated in over 10 years. This is a great community project and a great place to get some experience and share your skills!

 

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Apache’s Open Office FAQs

These can be currently found at:

http://www.openoffice.org/faq.html

 

The following is licensed under the Apache License v. 2.0. The changes I made were to formatting and removing “back to top”.

 

Source & Technology: Questions  

  1. How can I get the source code from OpenOffice.org?
  2. What should I download?
  3. May I offer to sell a CD-ROM from my site containing the latest     sourcecode from OpenOffice.org?
  4. What does the OpenOffice.org source code provide?
  5. What is the StarOffice/OpenOffice.org file format?
  6. Why was XML chosen by Sun for the StarOffice Productivity     Suite?
  7. Where can I get the XML specification and DTDs?
  8. What is the OpenOffice.org technical roadmap?
  9. What about the StarOffice Productivity Suite’s integrated     desktop?
  10. What happened to Email and Scheduler from StarOffice 5.2?
  11. How do I install OpenOffice.org on a server for use by multiple     users?
  12. Why does OpenOffice.org require Java at installation?
  13. Can I run OpenOffice.org without having an X server installed,for     example, to use only its UNO API?

     Source & Technology: Answers  

  1. How can I get the source code from OpenOffice.org?

The source code is available via CVS from the central download page.


 

  1. What should I download?

The answer depends on what you wish to do.

A. I want to use the OpenOffice.org office suite in my home or office

B. I want to see the source code and develop for OpenOffice.org.

In either case, please also go to our central Download Page, where there are links to the latest downloads.


 

  1. May I offer to sell a CD-ROM from my site containing the latest source code from OpenOffice.org?

If you would like to do this, please review the OEM and CD-ROM page.


 

  1. What does the OpenOffice.org source code provide?
  • The OpenOffice.org source code initially includes the technology which Sun Microsystems has been developing for the future versions of the StarOffice  Productivity Suite.

The source is written in C++ and delivers language-neutral and scriptable functionality, including Java[tm] technology APIs. This source technology introduces the next stage architecture, allowing use of the suite  as separate applications or as embedded components in other applications.  Numerous other features are also present, including XML-based file formats.


 

  1. What is the StarOffice/OpenOffice.org file format?

XML.


 

  1. Why was XML chosen by Sun for the StarOffice Productivity Suite?

Because XML is an industry standard and the best choice for interoperable       structured data.


 

  1. Where can I get the XML specification and DTDs?

You can get them from the XML Project, http://xml.openoffice.org.


 

  1. What is the OpenOffice.org technical roadmap?
  • Sun has provided OpenOffice.org with a technical roadmap. This document outlines the design of the source, in that it delivers separate applications/components,  which allow integration into platform user environments. In the end, of       course, the answer to this question is really up to the OpenOffice.org community.  For a current roadmap, please have a look in the development area.

 

  1. What about the StarOffice Productivity Suite’s integrated desktop?
  • Beginning with the 6.0 version of the product, the integrated desktop will be scrapped and the applications will be componentized.

 

  1. What happened to Email and Scheduler from StarOffice 5.2?
  • After StarOffice 5.2 was released, a decision was made to concentrate  resources on the three core office productivity applications and on the move to XML. With this redirection of efforts, the email and scheduler were  removed from the codebase.

 

  1. How do I install OpenOffice.org on a server for use by multiple     users?

Download and expand the tarball. Then, as root, issue this command from  within the “install” directory:

             setup /net

As a regular user from each workstattion now run the command:

             /usr/local/openoffice60/program/setup       

And then choose Standard Workstation Installation when prompted


 

  1. Why does OpenOffice.org require Java at installation? 

OpenOffice.org currently uses Java for:

  • applets in html pages
  • support of Java components

 

  1. Can I run OpenOffice.org without having an X server installed, for example, to use only its UNO API?

Yes, you can display to the Xvfb virtual frame buffer, which is part of       X11R6. For more information, please see:
http://www.itworld.com/AppDev/1461/UIR000330xvfb/

A real X Window display is only needed for the setup.


 

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Peacefire’s Blocking Software FAQs

Below are the FAQs from Peacefire used with permission. The original site is located at:
http://www.peacefire.org/info/blocking-software-faq.html

Blocking Software FAQ

What kind of sites are blocked by the different blocking programs?How can I get a list of sites blocked by a given censorware program?I heard that a site was blocked by a particular program, but when I tested the program, it said that the site was not blocked. What happened?How can I find out if my site is blocked by any of the programs?Why is it that “keyword blocking” cannot really be turned off?

1. What kind of sites are blocked by the different blocking programs?
A: The controversy over blocking software does not center on the blocking of chicken breast recipes, breast cancer information, Anne Sexton, or “Superbowl XXX”. It is true that these sites are accidentally blocked by blocking software programs that scan pages for certain keywords, as almost all of them do. However, the controversy centers on sites that are blocked not accidentally but deliberately. These are URL’s that come pre-included on the list of sites to be blocked by the program, regardless of the content of the pages themselves. Some examples:

  • CYBERsitter blocked TIME Magazine as a result of an article that criticized CYBERsitter’s blocking policies (this article is no longer online). TIME published a follow-up article about their site getting blocked: CYBERsitter Decides To Take A Time Out (currently only available through the Internet Archive)
  • Cyber Patrol blocks the Envirolink animal rights Web site, because the manufacturer determined that Envirolink’s descriptions of animal testing in laboratories were inappropriate for children. Cyber Patrol was also discovered to be blocking the Ontario Center for Religious Tolerance at one point. A report from the non-profit Censorware Project listed dozens of additional sites that were blocked by Cyber Patrol.
  • An ACLU position paper reported that BESS, which controls Internet access used by about 3 million students in the U.S., blocked the anti-racist HateWatch Web site and the Marijuana Policy Project, a page that advocates the use of medical marijuana.
  • The X-Stop Files, an essay published in October 1997 by attorney Jonathan Wallace, named some of the sites that were hard-coded on X-Stop’s list of blocked URL’s, including the AIDS Quilt and the official home page of the Quakers. Mr. Wallace was later called to testify on his findings in a First Amendment lawsuit filed by People For the American Way against a library that was using X-Stop.

2. Q: How can I get a list of sites blocked by a given censorware program?
A: You cannot get a list of blocked sites by downloading a trial copy of the program. Even though most censorware programs have free-trial versions that come with a copy of the blacklist, the list is stored in an encrypted file that is not supposed to be readable to the user. The only censorware program that does not encrypt their blocked site list is Net Nanny, however, their blocked site list is not available with the free trial version.

Your first option is trial and error. You can download the program and try to access different sites to see which ones are blocked. This is how Peacefire came up with lists of sites that were blocked by the different censorware programs when we examined them. You can go to http://www.peacefire.org/censorware/ and find the program on that page, for a list of some of the sites that were blocked when we tested it.

There have also been several cases where the encryption on a particular program’s blacklist was broken, and the entire list of blocked sites was posted to the Internet. Peacefire broke the encryption on CYBERsitter’s blocked site list and published a program called CSDecode in April 1997 that could be used to decrypt the list of sites blocked by CYBERsitter 2.12. Anyone could get a list of sites blocked by CYBERsitter by downloading CYBERsitter, downloading our CSDecode program, and running it against CYBERsitter’s list of blocked sites.
You can get the entire list of sites blocked by CYBERsitter at:
http://www.xs4all.nl/~mjk/cybersitter.html
and the entire list of sites blocked by Net Nanny at:
http://www.xs4all.nl/~mjk/netnannysites.html
(even though the Net Nanny list didn’t have to be decrypted). Peacefire is not affiliated with these sites; the URL’s themselves have information on how to contact the author.

In March 1997, TIME Magazine online posted a tool called the “Censorware Search Engine”, created by journalists who managed to obtain decrypted copies of the blocked site lists used by Cyber Patrol, SurfWatch, Net Nanny, CYBERsitter, and X-Stop. The user could enter a keyword and the search engine would reply with a list of URL’s from the different blacklists that contained that keyword. CYBERsitter added TIME magazine to their list of blocked sites, apparently in retaliation. But the Censorware Search Engine was taken permanently offline in about August 1998 during an overhaul of the TIME Digital Web site.

3. Q: I heard that a site was blocked by a particular program, but when I tested the program, it said that the site was not blocked. What happened?
A: The company may have removed the site from their list since it was discovered to be blocked. Even if the company has removed the site from their blacklist, all users of the program have to download the latest version of the blacklist before it will take effect on their computer. Depending on who told you that the site was blocked, it might have been that they received an error of a different kind (e.g. “404 File Not Found” or “403 Forbidden”) and thought that it was caused by the blocking software.

All blocked sites listed on Peacefire.org were obtained through trial and error, by testing the latest available copy of the program’s blacklist (unless — in the case of CYBERsitter — we were able to break the encryption on the blacklist and examine it directly). In some cases, if we were worried that the company might un-block a site after our report was published and deny that the site was ever blocked in the first place, we asked reporters to go through the list of sites and verify that they were blocked, before our page was published.

Many examples of blocked sites listed on our pages are there to demonstrate that the censorware company is not reviewing pages before blocking them, such as the Vatican site blocked by X-Stop or the Breast Cancer Legislation site blocked by BESS. Even if these pages are un-blocked after the discovery is made public, they still would not have been blocked in the first place if the sites had been reviewed by a human first.

4. Q: How can I find out if my site is blocked by any of the programs?
A: The following three companies have published “lookup forms” on their Web sites where you can enter the URL of your page, and the form will tell you whether it’s blocked or not:

 

  • SurfWatch used to offer a form at http://www1.surfwatch.com/testasite/ where a user could enter a URL to see if it was blocked by SurfWatch, but that site is no longer available. (Even though SurfWatch is no longer being sold, the product is still in widespread use, and existing customers still receive updates to the SurfWatch blocked-site list — so it would be useful for SurfWatch to restore access to the “Test-A-Site” form.)
  • Cyber Patrol — CyberNOT search engine
  • WebSENSE — site lookup
  • SmartFilter — SmartFilterWhere Version 3, to look up sites according to the categories that they’re blocked under in SmartFilter 3.0. (An older version of SmartFilterWhere lets you look up sites according to the categories they’re blocked under, in older versions of SmartFilter.)
  • N2H2 / Bess — URL checker

Note that some of these forms may return incorrect information. For example, if a site is blocked automatically by Cyber Patrol because it has the word “sex” in the URL, the site may still be listed as “not blocked” if you enter the URL in the form on their site. To find out for sure if a program is blocking a Web site, you should download and install the software.

To find out whether your site is blocked by any other program, downloading the program and installing it is the only choice you have. Of all the companies that offer free downloads of their programs, the trial versions block all of the same sites that the full versions block (except for the trial versions of Net Nanny and WebSENSE).

Some programs — usually proxy servers such as BESS, I-Gear and SmartFilter — do not have trial versions that you can download, since they are for use by schools and companies but not by home users. In that case, you have to contact the company to ask them if they are blocking a Web site, or contact someone at a company or school that is using the software, and ask them to test the URL for you.

5. Q: Why is it that “keyword blocking” cannot really be turned off?
A: Normally, a site is blocked if (1) the URL is on the program’s internally stored “blacklist” or (2) the program detects certain keywords on the page and blocks it automatically, whether the URL is on the blacklist or not. When a censorware program includes an option to “turn keyword blocking off”, this means that condition (2) no longer applies, so the site will only be blocked if it’s on the blacklist. Some users have wondered if the really embarrassing errors caused by blocking software — such as blocking sites about breast cancer — can be avoided if you disable keyword blocking.

The reason this doesn’t work is because censorware companies use keywords to generate the blacklist itself. X-Stop, for example, uses a program called “MudCrawler” to search the Web for pages containing words like “xxx” in the title. As a result, sites are added to the blacklist that probably would not have been added if they had been reviewed by a human first. The Quakers home page and the AIDS Memorial Quilt were both discovered to be on X-Stop’s blacklist. Cyber Patrol, which developed their own program called CyberSpider similar to X-Stop’s MudCrawler, blocked a youth soccer league, MapleSoccer.org, because of a page that listed the teams in the categories “Boys under 12”, “Boys under 14”, etc. These sites were blocked even on computers where keyword blocking was disabled, because they were on the program’s blacklist.

Peacefire contact:

bennett@peacefire.org

Digital Magazine – Spring 2014

Available Mid Spring 2014.
Articles include:

Documentation

  • Writing for FOSS
  • Selecting a Project
  • Who is the audience?
  • Good documentation
  • Censorship
  • Community Issues Primer

Mini How Tos

  • 10 Quick Steps to using xvidcap for screen capture

FAQs

  • Censorware and Blocking Software FAQ
  • Apache OpenOffice FAQ
  • One Laptop (Tablet) for Each Child

Tutorials

  • Raspberry Pi

e-Learning

Projects in our Community Worth Considering

  • Apache’s OpenOffice Documentation Project
  • Open Directory Project

 

Interested in writing an article? We are looking for experienced technical writers and GNU Linux journalists for upcoming issues about:

  • Graphics software
  • Raspberry Pi
  • e-Learning applications and tools
  • Current trends in GNU Linux e-Learning
  • Success stories – general
  • FAQs
  • Writing for FOSS

GNU Linux Kids!

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Alex M. hosts the GNU Linux Kids show for our gurus in training!

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Alex is in the 5th grade and has been using Debian since he was old enough to move a peripheral device!

He reviews tools, applications, utitilites, distros.

He discusses community issues.
His most recent episode on Youtube is found here:

Post Your SCORM compliant e-learning

If you have some online training in  SCORM format that you would like to publish and post, we would be happy to post this for you for a nominal fee. Fees usually range at 20%. Therefore, you will receive 80% of profits from use of your training. We have a separate MOOC style learning platform coming in Feb 2014.

Now is the time to start creating some content! You never know if your training will earn some funding!

Remember to zip those files for use with Moodle.

Our e-Learning Options

Currently, our e-Learning platform is Moodle.
We tried eFront, Sakai, and other options but found Moodle to be best for our needs.
JoomLearn LMS came a close second!

 

Training certifications are available at several different levels.

  • Beginner
  • Mid-Level
  • Advanced

 

We offer certificate training to meet compliance requirements for:

  • Legal considerations – GNU Linux
  • Certified Graphic Designer – GNU Linux
  • Certified Technical Writer  – GNU LInux
  • Certified Web Developer – GNU Linux
  • Certified Database Analyst – GNU Linux
  • Certified Mobile Developer – GNU Linux

 

Tutorials

Tutorials will be posted in this category.

 

If you have any good tutorials, please share. We can either post a link to your tutorial (video or textual). We can embed a YouTube video here or post the content here with your permission if the content is not public domain.