Build Your Own Adobe Creative Suite with Free and Cheap Software

Build Your Own Adobe Creative Suite with Free and Cheap Software [Link]

Two weeks ago I posted¬†how to get Adobe Creative Suite 2 for free which is a great product, but still around seven years old. If you’re looking for new features you’ll need to build your own suite using free and/or cheaper software. Lifehacker has a great post on several alternatives for each of the products which make up Adobe Creative Suite.

Adobe’s Creative Suite is one of the best software packs out there for professionals, but the suite is prohibitively expensive for most people. If you can’t drop the cash, you can still get a similar experience with free or cheap software. Here’s how to build your own Creative Suite.

Some of the replacements include popular Open Source projects like GIMP, Scribus, InkScape, KompoZer, Blender and Synfig.

The Boxed Mono of Doom

Few important announcements today in the Open Source world. I’m pretty exited by all of them and feel like I need to start doing more code for fun and not just code for work.

First, Zenimax the company that acquired id Software will be releasing the source-code for Doom 3 later on this year. Should start getting some cool games based on the Doom 3 engine soon after the code release.

Next, Xamarin (the company which is now developing Mono) has released Mono 2.10.3 which makes it the first official release of Mono under Xamarin. This release includes support for MacOS X Lion (Mono and Gtk+). There is also a MonoMac add-in for MonoDevelop update which fixes Lion issues.

Finally, Dotan J. Nahum (jondot on GitHub) has released packs an open source implementation of BoxJS, BoxCSS and Boxresizer. All of which are mountable as Rack apps inside Rails or as stand-alone apps. It is also fully compatible with Heroku.

If you’re a developer (especially an FOSS developer) you now have a few new toys to play with.


Linux Kernel 3.0 is on it way

Linus Torvalds has officially announced that the new Linux Kernel will have a version of 3.0 and not 2.8. The release is expected around the 20 year mark for the kernel.

So what are the big changes?

NOTHING. Absolutely nothing. Sure, we have the usual two thirds driver
changes, and a lot of random fixes, but the point is that 3.0 is
*just* about renumbering, we are very much *not* doing a KDE-4 or a
Gnome-3 here. No breakage, no special scary new features, nothing at
all like that…

Pretty much this is just a renumbering of the kernel.

via: Linus Torvalds announcement on