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M.U.M. alum authors book on free software

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10 November 2005

Alumna Mary Leete has recently published a book on the use of free, open-source software.

Titled 'Free Software for Dummies' and published by Wiley Publishing, Inc., the book points readers to the best software available and also includes a short guide to using each application. It covers software that runs on the Macintosh, Windows, and GNU/Linux operating systems.

'Free Software for Dummies' shows that most computer tasks can be accomplished without needing the standard commercial software—and that the free programs are often just as capable.

Some of the programs covered are already quickly becoming mainstream, such as Skype and Firefox. Others, such as the office and graphics applications, are steadily winning a wider audience.

Ms. Leete's book has drawn some attention from the media, including an interview on National Public Radio. And sales got a boost when the book received highly favorable reviews in the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.

Art faculty member Gurdy Leete served as one of the technical editors of the book.

Copyright 2005 Maharishi University of Management

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