My father often feels unhappy with his current computer setup using Windows. However, attempts to get him to try Linux have so far failed. The most important reason for him to stick with Windows, is that he writes documents in Word for his work, and that he wants to be sure that these documents have the same formatting when his colleagues read them.
I expect that interoptability of rich text documents is a problem that many of you frequent Linux users face day-to-day, so maybe you can shine some light on this concern of his. I myself work in a programmers-environment where most of us use Linux, so I don't deal with this problem very often.
Is the compatibility between documents written on Linux (OpenOffice, LibreOffice) and Microsoft Word a sound concern?
I seem to remember that the formatting of Word documents drastically changed between versions (e.g. a document witten in Word 2010 will look very different in Word 2007, again different in Word 2003, etc.) but I was unable to find hard proof of this.
I know that OpenOffice/LibreOffice are able to both read and save .odt and .doc(x) formats, and Microsoft Word is able to do the same.
So, my questions:
- Do documents written with LibreOffice/OpenOffice drastically change formatting when opened in Microsoft Word?
- How is this vice-versa?
- Is it better to use .odt or .doc(x)to save the files, if you want to be sure that the files look the most alike between programs (/program versions)?
Can someone tell me what should I do to fix on "this must be done before squid can run"?this is my problem: http://i.stack.imgur.com/61pnP.png; http://i.stack.imgur.com/NnQjH.png. that right, the error call FATAL. for more detail, I like you visit my /etc/squid3/squid,conf file on: pastebin.com/j55bbUE. Can someone explain how to fix it? or just edit free for me.submitted by /u/jamesfinalreturn
Reddit: What FOSS projects are the most competitive compared to commercial & proprietary alternatives?
I'm thinking in some holistic total quality sense, rather than trying to compare strictly by market share or by feature listings. If you have more features but they don't work or you can't find how to use them, that doesn't make your software any better.
Obvious example: the LAMP stack. Competitive with Windows servers.
Arguable example: Android. Certainly competitive with iOS and beaten BlackBerry and Windows, but the "useful" parts seem to be increasingly under Google's sole control these days.
What others can you think of?submitted by /u/BeFlatXIII
It took him about a month since the release of the Mycroft AI application for the GNOME Shell interface of the GNOME desktop environment, but developer Aditya Mehra managed to get it running on the KDE Plasma 5 desktop as well.
Today, July 2, 2016, we have the great pleasure to offer our readers an unboxing video of the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone, which Canonical was nice enough to lend to us for an in-depth review.
Oracle Loses Again, Red Hat Competes With FOSS & More…
Also included: LinuxQuestions.org has a birthday, six new distro releases, Ubuntu considering dropping 32-bit support and the feds were after Snowden.
Is Your OS Working For You Or Enslaving You?
Essentially, folks bought a PC to use, run their applications and browse their networks and MS has installed malware on them to advertise “10”. Malware. That’s what this is. If the guy who made your OS deliberately installs malware on your PC, what are you going to do?
Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push
As the Windows 10 free upgrade period draws to a close, Microsoft is stepping up its operating system's nagware to full-screen takeovers.
The Redmond software giant confirmed today it will start showing dark blue screens urging people to install the latest version of Windows. The full-screen ads will pop up on Windows 7 and 8.1 desktops from now until July 30, when the free upgrade period ends.
Check out 'Why, Phil?', new Linux audio webshow series
Philip Yassin has recently started an upbeat Linux audio webshow series called 'Ask Phil?'. Only recently started, the series has already notched up an impressive 7 episodes, most of which revolve around Phil's favourite DAW, Qtractor.
Pitivi: An Open Source and Powerful Video Editor for Linux
Pitivi is a well known video editor, the initial release was back in May, 2004 and still in active development. It is an open source, non-linear video editor for Linux developed by various contributors from all over the world, licensed under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). It aims to be a powerful and flexible video editor that can attract to prosumers and professionals.
In February, 2014 the project held a fundraising campaign through Gnome foundation, the goal was to raise €100,000 for further development. The fundraiser did not reach the goal but raised above €23,000 as of 2015, which allowed partially funded development.
Plasma 5.6.5 and Frameworks 5.23 now in Backports for Kubuntu 16.04
Plasma 5.6.5 brings bugfixes and translations from the month of June thanks to contributors, while Frameworks 5.23 brings new fixes in KWallet, KWayland, Breeze and much more!
- This Week in GTK+ – 7
Thanks to the wonderful design skill of Allan, Builder got a bunch of new designs this last month. Last week, after arriving home from the Toronto hackfest, I started reshaping Builder to match.
- Mageia 6 Release Notes
The next step towards Mageia 6 is here, sta1 has been released
Everyone at Mageia is very happy to announce the release of the next step in the path to Mageia 6.
Bear is working for its money
Since I made the new Slackware 14.2 data available 24 hours ago, the server has been pushing out 1.67 Terabytes of data, at an average of 155 MBytes/sec. Needless to say that this server was a good investment, I could never have managed this on my old platform.
- Zacks EPS Estimates For Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) Is $0.41
Python 3 in Fedora
At the 2016 Python Language Summit, Petr Viktorin, who is the team lead for the Python maintenance group at Red Hat, described the progress that Fedora has made in switching to Python 3 by default. He also presented some work that has been done to split up the standard library to try to reduce Python's footprint for cloud deployments.
Viktorin pointed to a site that is tracking Fedora's Python 3 porting efforts. In particular, he showed the history graph that displays the progress since October 2015. Some 1300 packages are now either able to run on both Python 2 and 3 or just on 3, though there are still 1700 or so to go.
GSoC 2016 Weekly Rundown: Breaking down WordPress networks
At the moment, there are not any plans to set up or offer a blog-hosting service to contributors (and for good reason). The only two websites that would receive the benefits of a multi-site network would be the Community Blog and the Magazine. For now, the intended scale of expanding WordPress into Fedora is to these two platforms.
- Hacker Tells How To Crack Android Encryption On Millions of Smartphones
SourceForge eyes a comeback
Years ago, SourceForge.net was the premiere hosting service for open-source and free-software projects. But, after changing hands several times, the site ran seriously afoul of the development community in 2015; its staff was accused of secretly commandeering inactive project accounts and of replacing project downloads with installers side-loaded with adware or even malware. In early 2016, however, the site changed hands yet again, and its new owners have set out to regain the community's trust.
To recap, SourceForge was launched in 1999 by VA Linux Systems, which was initially a hardware vendor. Over the next few years, the company acquired several other free-software related sites, including Freshmeat, Slashdot, and NewsForge (where I worked for several years). For a while, VA operated SourceForge.net for "community" open-source projects and offered a separate "enterprise" edition to corporate clients.
NEC establishes Open Source Software Technology Centre in India
NEC Corporation and NEC Technologies India Private Limited (NTI) announced the establishment of the “OSS Technology Centre,” an organization specializing in technical support related to the use of open source software (OSS).
Why an international sports betting and gaming operator uses open source
Enterprise business is one thing, but most people live down in the trenches. The common business doesn’t have a budget or staff to match the big dogs, but they do have the same needs. One of these needs is for solid, reliable server and data operations. The open-source movement has become a refuge for smaller companies, offering software and services that, in many cases, match what enterprise uses.
The WRT54GL: A 54Mbps router from 2005 still makes millions for Linksys
In a time when consumers routinely replace gadgets with new models after just two or three years, some products stand out for being built to last.
Witness the Linksys WRT54GL, the famous wireless router that came out in 2005 and is still for sale. At first glance, there seems to be little reason to buy the WRT54GL in the year 2016. It uses the 802.11g Wi-Fi standard, which has been surpassed by 802.11n and 802.11ac. It delivers data over the crowded 2.4GHz frequency band and is limited to speeds of 54Mbps. You can buy a new router—for less money—and get the benefit of modern standards, expansion into the 5GHz band, and data rates more than 20 times higher.
Linksys doesn't bother promoting the WRT54GL much. But La Duca mentioned the continued production of the WRT54GL recently when I interviewed him for a story on Linksys' project to let users install open source firmware on new routers without breaking the latest FCC anti-interference rules. The WRT54GL was the first wireless router I ever purchased about a decade ago; I was surprised that Linksys still produces them, so I asked the company for more details.
Hadoop Summit Brings Big Data News
Multiple Big Data vendors and efforts debut new Hadoop technologies at this week's summit in California.
It was a big week for Big Data, with multiple vendors making announcements at this week's Hadoop Summit in San Jose.
Improving LibreOffice User Experience (UX)
Effective from May 2016, Heiko Tietze has started working as a consultant to drive LibreOffice UX one step further.
Heiko has been one of the most active UX volunteers during the last few years, and has been instrumental in a rather large number of the user interface improvements since LibreOffice 4.4.
Blockchain Breakthrough: Peerplays Creates Open-Source Fee Sharing Module
Despite the fact that Peerplays have helped change the shape of the Blockchain space with the development of an open-source fee sharing module, the team believe that while it won’t take long for others to catch on to the same ideas that they have, they are of the opinion that Peerplays is designed in a way that incentivizes developers to connect their own server-side games, as well as new games built on sidechains.
- GitHub project analysis, 3D printed prosthetics, and more open source news
- Open source veteran Hohndel leaves Intel, joins VMware
- VMware Hires Longtime Intel Linux Exec As Its First-Ever Chief Open Source Officer [Ed: for openwashing purposes]
- Partnerships demonstrate universal acceptance for open source [Ed: Rather gross openwashing of Microsoft. iophk: "pushing Microsoft as "open""]
- ‘Insights are worth pennies; decisions and actions are worth dollars’ [Ed: Microsoft openwashing again; company that yields proprietary software with back doors is not “open”]