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Welcome to the LinuxFocus July/August 2003 issue

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Linux has always been about the sharing of knowledge and the freedom to look at the source code, the freedom to learn from it and to change it according to your needs, the freedom to use it where and in every way you please...

At the moment it seems however that more and more people try to enter the Linux arena who not only know nothing about morals and good manners but also don't care the least about the spirit of Linux. Money is all that counts.

Are the times gone when programmers happily wrote their code and met during small conferences while now the people in suits are taking over not knowing better than fighting about Linux in the court room?

The world is constantly changing and so is Linux. If it is for good or for bad only the future will show but as long as there are still people out there living its spirit and willing to make Linux the best possible operating system I am in good hopes that its original spirit will still live on after those people in suits have long left the stage again!

-- Katja Socher --

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The LinuxFocus Tip

4 images in 1 If you own a digital camera then you probably had already the problem that you wanted to print 50 or more images on photo paper. You did not what to print them with 1 image per page instead you want them smaller: 2 images or 4 images per A4 (or US Letter) page. It's a lot of work to go to an image manipulation program such as Gimp and combine manually 4 images onto one page in order to print them. ImageMagick (www.imagemagick.org) and its "montage" command can do this for you automatically:

montage -quality 95 -borderwidth 10 -bordercolor white -tile 2x2 -geometry 1600x1200 -page A4 image1.jpg image2.jpg image3.jpg image4.jpg result.jpg

Now you just print result.jpg. ImageMagick can also generate postscript directly but the quality is not as good as the one generated by Gimp. It is therefore better to print result.jpg from Gimp.

Here is a perl script called combine4images (download: combine4images.txt) that can run over a directory and combine hundreds of images into 4 images per page and generate combined images in landscape and portrait format.

[Note: just in case that ImageMagick changes the API: This has been tested with ImageMagick version 5.4.3]

Happy printing.

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