Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Google lends a hand to Microsoft Office rival

Filed under
Misc

Google is opening up yet another front in its battle with Microsoft by backing a competitor to Bill Gates' dominant Office software package.

The internet search and advertising company is set to hire programmers to improve OpenOffice, a freely distributed "open source" alternative to products including Word, Microsoft's massively popular word processor, it was revealed today.

Microsoft and Google are already battling head-to-head in fields including internet search, instant messaging and e-mail.

"We want to hire a couple of folks to help make OpenOffice better," Chris DiBona, manager for open-source programs at Google, told news.com, the industry website.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Purism shows off more pictures of Librem 5 Phone and PureOS UI

As the first batch of the Librem 5 phones starts reaching its respectful owners, we can now have a better look at the product from its pictures taken by the customers. Before we check them out, let’s get to know a bit more about these phones. The Librem 5 smartphones are powered by PureOS, which is a Linux-based mobile operating system. The brains behind this product, namely Purism, have made it their top priority to offer such phones that provide security, privacy, and freedom to the customers. Accordingly, this product has been made for people who want to have complete control over their phones. You should check out this article if you want to know more about the Librem 5 smartphones. Now coming back to the news, people who have ordered this phone are in for a treat as the Librem 5 comes with a black anodized aluminum case. Not only it’s stylish, but it also maintains high radio reception quality – thanks to its non-metal backing. It accompanies easier-to-slide, flush hardware kill switches. Read more Also: Nathan Wolf: New Life to Rock Candy Gamepad for PS3 | Another Repair

Graphics Stack: PTS, Libinput and NVIDIA 440.26 Beta Linux Driver

  • Phoronix Test Suite 9.2 Milestone 1 Released With Updates For macOS Benchmarking

    The first development snapshot of Phoronix Test Suite 9.2-Hurdal is now available ahead of the stable release later this quarter. It's been just one month since the big Phoronix Test Suite 9.0 release with a new result viewer, graphing improvements, and other result viewing enhancements and lower-level improvements. With Phoronix Test Suite 9.2 as the Q4'2019 release will be more evolutionary improvements.

  • libinput and tablet pad keys

    Upcoming in libinput 1.15 is a small feature to support Wacom tablets a tiny bit better. If you look at the higher-end devices in Wacom's range, e.g. the Cintiq 27QHD you'll notice that at the top right of the device are three hardware-buttons with icons. Those buttons are intended to open the config panel, the on-screen display or the virtual keyboard. They've been around for a few years and supported in the kernel for a few releases. But in userspace, they events from those keys were ignored, casted out in the wild before eventually running out of electrons and succumbing to misery. Well, that's all changing now with a new interface being added to libinput to forward those events. Step back a second and let's look at the tablet interfaces. We have one for tablet tools (styli) and one for tablet pads. In the latter, we have events for rings, strips and buttons. The latter are simply numerically ordered, so button 1 is simply button 1 with no special meaning. Anything more specific needs to be handled by the compositor/client side which is responsible for assigning e.g. keyboard shortcuts to those buttons.

  • libinput and button scrolling locks

    For a few years now, libinput has provided button scrolling. Holding a designated button down and moving the device up/down or left/right creates the matching scroll events. We enable this behaviour by default on some devices (e.g. trackpoints) but it's available on mice and some other devices. Users can change the button that triggers it, e.g. assign it to the right button. There are of course a couple of special corner cases to make sure you can still click that button normally but as I said, all this has been available for quite some time now.

  • NVIDIA have released the big new Linux Beta driver 440.26 today

    Today NVIDIA released the 440.26 Beta driver for Linux with a number of new features, enhancements and a few interesting bug fixes.

  • NVIDIA 440.26 Beta Linux Driver Brings HDMI 2.1 VRR, VP9 VDPAU Decode + Much More

    NVIDIA today introduced their first beta driver in the 440 Linux branch and it's quite an exciting release! The NVIDIA 440.26 Linux beta driver is out this morning and it's bringing with it many new/improved features. There is now VP9 video decoding for VDPAU, HDMI 2.1 VRR for G-SYNC Compatible, and more.

Programming Leftovers

  • Riddle me this

    Found this today while playing around, thought people might enjoy this riddle.

  • TOP 5 Software Failures of 2018–2019 (#5 is pretty alarming)

    In this modern day and age tech is something we can’t even imagine our life without. Technology is so cool and we love it! But not everything goes as planned and the thing that was supposed to make life easier and be useful can become quite scary. So, this week we’ve wanted to bring your attention to the “TOP 5 Software Failures of 2018–2019 (#5 is pretty alarming)”. We are very interested in your thoughts on the matter!

  • Using Matplotlib with Wing 7

    Wing supports interactive development and debugging of Python code designed for the Matplotlib numerical and scientific plotting library, so plots can be shown and updated from the command line.

  • An unexpected character replacement

    A few weeks ago I found a replacement in GBIF that I'd never seen before: M<fc>ller. It was a hexadecimal value for the character "ü" enclosed in angle brackets. That particular hex value for "ü" appears in Windows-1252 and other encodings, but what program did this replacement? And why? Suspecting the worst, I did a search for other angle-bracket-enclosed strings in the dataset. The search turned up a lot of data items which had originally contained a non-breaking space, and which now contained that character's Unicode representation in brackets, for example Laevicardium. Excluding these, the result is shown here:

  • 40 Simple Yet Effective Linux Shell Script Examples

    Historically, the shell has been the native command-line interpreter for Unix-like systems. It has proven to be one of Unix’s major features throughout the years and grew into a whole new topic itself. Linux offers a variety of powerful shells with robust functionality, including Bash, Zsh, Tcsh, and Ksh. One of the most amazing features of these shells is their programmability. Creating simple yet effective Linux shell scripts for tackling day to day jobs is quite easy. Moreover, a modest knowledge over this topic will make you a Linux power user in no time. Stay with us to for a detailed introduction to Unix shell scripting.

  • Creating A Super User In Django

    Django’s prominent feature is the admin interface, which makes it stand out from the competition. It is a built-in app that automatically generates a user interface to add and modify a site’s content.

  • Using PostgreSQL with Django

    Django is a high level full-stack open-source web framework written in Python, that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. Django, in its ‘out-of-the-box’ state, is set up to communicate with SQLite – a lightweight relational database included with the Python distribution. So by default, Django automatically creates an SQLite database for your project. In addition to SQLite, Django also has support for other popular databases that include PostgreSQL, MySQL, and Oracle.

  • Creating Comments System With Django

    In this tutorial, we will build a basic commenting system for a Django 2.X app, which lets readers add comments on posts. Here is a preview of what we are going to build by the end of this tutorial.

Fedora: IBus, F31 Delays, Cockpit and Foliate

  • ibus-anthy 1.5.11 and anthy-unicode 1.0.0.20191015 are released

    ibus-anthy 1.5.11 is released and available in Fedora 30 or later. # dnf update ibus-anthy The default input mode is now Eisu (direct) mode but not Hiragana mode. Eisu mode now can load a user compose file of either $HOME/.config/ibus/Compose or $HOME/.XCompose although the system compose files has been already loaded.

  • IBus 1.5.21 is released

    IBus 1.5.21 is now released and available in Fedora 31. # dnf update ibus This release enhances the IBus compose features. The maximum number of the compose key sequences was 7. Also the output character was limited in 16 bit and only one character could be output so the latest emoji characters or custom long compose characters were not supported. The following is the demo.

  • Fedora 31 Release Held Up By Installer + DNF Bugs

    Fedora developers had been trying to ship Fedora 31 for their original release target of next Tuesday, 22 October, but that isn't going to happen due to remaining blocker bugs. At today's meeting they decided F31 is a "No-Go" due to open issues.

  • Cockpit Project: Cockpit 205

    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly. Here are the release notes from version 205.

  • Foliate - A simple and modern ebook viewer for linux

    Foliate viewer support epub, .mobi, .azw, and .azw3 files. Have few mode for you such as light, dark, sepia and invert theme mode. How to install? Luckly, they also release distribution package for Fedora (sudo dnf install foliate , Arch and Void linux (xbps-install -S foliate). For DEB based such a Ubuntu or Debian can be download on latest release page. For others distribution, just download the source code and build yourself. Else, just download from Flatpak.