Linux and free/open source

These pages provide a basic introduction to the Linux operating system and free/open source software.

I’ve been a daily user of Linux and free/open source software now for over 12 years, both for work and for pleasure.

Naturally the first question to be asked is what is Linux?

Translators may be interested in my recommendations for free and open source software for translators; however, these would also cover the needs of most people doing a clerical job of work.

In addition to my recommendations for free and open source software for translators, I’ve also made some recommendations for other free and open source software for other uses, which you may like to try.

2 comments

  • Lewis Cowles (3 years)

    Hi Steve,

    I actually saw your site’s Brighton event post retweeted via @OpenSourceUG and decided to have a read. Lovely coverage and an enjoyable site so far, I am especially impressed by the endorsement of open-source in the translations industry, I have had limited exposure to your industry and think this site has some fascinating insights like the link to the software you use.

    Can I ask if you are involved in a Linux User Group at all? I think if you have the time it would make a great addition to link people to http://lug.org.uk and encourage them to engage with the human side of Linux as well. Just a thought.

    Anyway, Have a nice weekend, I’m off now, but feel free to reply via e-mail if you wish, or if you are a member of @OpenSourceUG website, post in the forums…

    • Steve Woods (3 years)

      Hi Lewis

      Many thanks for your comments.

      I’d love more of my translator colleagues to use open source. Unfortunately, most clients still work with the ubiquitous MS Office formats. Fortunately, LibreOffice is very good at dealing with Microsoft’s proprietary formats. I’ve been using LibreOffice and before that OpenOffice for some 10 years professionally and there have only been 2 occasions when the files produced by those open source office packages have not been able to be read by clients. In those instances, the problem was remedied by sending them PDF and ODF files respectively.

      As regards Linux User Groups, I have been in contact with the Bristol & Bath LUG over the years and have participated both in meetings and on the mailing list (and must get down for festive drinks with them at their December gathering!).

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