Packt's Open Source BooksI have been a fan of Packts books for a long time especially their dedication to releasing titles on Open Source software including many business solutions that are not covered by other publishers. So I have no problem promoting their offer off Open Source books:

Packt Open Source has this week announced a series of discounts on its selection of best selling Open
Source books. Readers will be offered exclusive discounts off the cover price of selected print books and
eBooks for a limited period only.

So far in 2011, Packt Open Source announced in March that its donations to Open Source projects has
surpassed the $300,000 mark, while in April insight into various projects was offered during the ‘Believe
in Open Source’
campaign and July’s series of discounts continue this trend of Packt showing its
commitment to the Open Source community.

The Packt Open Source books included in this exclusive discount offer include well known books such
as JBoss AS 5 Performance Tuning, PHP jQuery Cookbook, Drupal 7 Module Development and Blender
Lighting and Rendering, amongst others.

“This special discount showcases a host of Packt Open Source topics and allows readers to purchase
some of our most well renowned books at an exclusive price” said Packt Open Source Marketing
Executive Julian Copes. “

To ensure you do not miss this fantastic offer, visit the special discount page now, where you can view
the extensive list of books included in the offer and access an array of related articles that were written
by the authors.

The exclusive discounts are available from 4th July 2011. To find out more, please visit the Packt website.

I love Wikipedia! I use it all the time including from my mobile devices. There are many incredible things about Wikipedia but two of the most striking is that the have no advertising or commercial relationships (long may this continue) and they second thing is that they only have 35 employees.

So it is very important that people who value and use the service should donate. Below is a link with further information  on their current fundraising drive and also butons and badges if you want to support Wikipedia on your website.

  • DRAW – from a quick sketch to a complex plan, DRAW gives you the tools to communicate with graphics and diagrams. With a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm, DRAW is powerful tool for technical or general posters, etc. Cross platform support Linux, Windows and Mac
  • Kivio is an easy to use diagramming and flowcharting application with tight integration to the other KOffice applications. It enables you to create network diagrams, organisation charts, flowcharts and more. Kivio is designed for Linux and the KDE desktop.