Ok time to point out some of the significant upgrades I have installed recently.
Email: Now Thunderbird 0.3 seems much faster than the previus release and also better than Mozilla 1.4 Also works on windows at 1024×768 resolution so it is my default email client on Windows and Linux.
News Aggregator: Newsmonster has now reached version 1.2.2 and is also now free. Now working well and stable with Mozilla Firebird 0.7 (and java 1.4.2), now that this is free software it means that I am back to 100% free software on my Linux machine (and only 2 pieces are non free in terms of no source – Macromedia Flash and Acrobat Reader).
Office: OpenOffice.org 1.1 is now installed and what a nice upgrade. I have not had time to play with many of the new features but am looking forward to doing so. That feature list really makes you woinder why people are willing to put up with inferior and non free software packages from certain companies.