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Old 05-03-2009, 05:56 PM   #1
wexfordpress
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Default Open Source publishing software

It is possible to run an entire publishing operation using only Open source software. I do just that. My Operating System is Linux Slackware. My prime text layout software is TeX, specifically the pdftex variant. For image manipulation I have Gimp. To translate material from format to format I use Ghostscript utilities, PSutils, and most recently IMageMagick. For cover creation I find Scribus a very able tool. I have others avialable such as Inkscape (like Illustrator) but haven't had time to learn them. I do indexing using a combination of tools centered around the Makeindex program included with the Tex suite. I edit text files, including TeX native files, with the powerful editor Vim, descendent of the orginal VI.

The only paid for publishing software I use is Mup, a shareware music typesetting program.

Many don't realize that Unix, the grandfather of Linux, was heavily developed as a Desktop Publishing System in its earliest days. The secret of *nix DTP is the use of a plain text file for all programs. The venerable text processing tools of Unix can still rival its comercial rivals for flexibility and ease of use.

I never pay an upgrade fee, or worry about a license key.

John Culleton
Wexford Press
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