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Nine Open Source Discoveries I Made in 2011

Dec 21, 2011, 20:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"3) Google Web Fonts: As someone who has earned a living as a graphical designer, I've long been bothered by the lack of free-licensed fonts. The situation has slowly improved over the years, but Google Web Fonts is the biggest leap forward yet, collecting dozens of mostly free fonts in one place.

"Browsing has steadily improved on the site. Now, you can filter fonts by their type, then view them as a single word, a sentence or -- most usefully -- as a paragraph, a sampling that many font browsers often omit in a sure sign that they've been designed by non-designers. Then, when you are ready, you can either link to the site to improve the look of your web sites, or download typefaces to use on your computer. It's an invaluable and long overdue resource.

"4) Bodhi Linux: I firmly believe that, as Samuel Johnson said about London, when you are tired of Debian, you're tired of life. However, if I were seriously thinking of switching to another distribution, Bodhi Linux would be on my shortlist of possible alternatives.

"Bodhi is a minimalist distribution based on Ubuntu, and uses Enlightenment as a desktop. It also installs a minimum of applications, leaving you to decide what else to add. This combination makes Bodhi fast, configurable, and secure, and a standout not just among minimalist distributions, but among distributions in general."

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