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Story Rygel Open-Source Media Server Gets Hack to Support AVI Playback on Philips TVs Rianne Schestowitz 24/05/2016 - 9:54am
Story GNOME News Roy Schestowitz 24/05/2016 - 9:39am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 24/05/2016 - 9:23am
Story MATE 1.14 Desktop Finally Lands in Manjaro Linux's Repo, New MATE Edition Is Out Rianne Schestowitz 24/05/2016 - 2:55am
Story openSUSE Tumbleweed Needs Your Help to Make GCC 6 the Default Compiler Rianne Schestowitz 24/05/2016 - 2:53am
Story Google reveals nationalities of students in open source-focused Summer of Code 2016 Rianne Schestowitz 24/05/2016 - 2:50am
Story Meet UDOO X86, a Maker Board That's 10 Times More Powerful Than Raspberry Pi 3 Rianne Schestowitz 24/05/2016 - 12:20am
Story Watch: Ubuntu Convergence in Action on Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition with Miracast Rianne Schestowitz 24/05/2016 - 12:18am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 23/05/2016 - 11:55pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 23/05/2016 - 11:55pm

Choosing a Linux Desktop: 7 Tips

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Newcomers to Linux desktop struggle with the concept of choosing a Linux desktop environment. Just the idea of having a choice is difficult if you are used to Windows or OS X, but how do you choose between a dozen major Linux desktop options, and several dozen minor ones?

The question has no easy answer, especially when most newcomers have no experience with any of the Linux desktop options. Nor are most of the articles written on the subject much help, because they decide what is best for newcomers instead of helping them decide for themselves. If you have experience with Linux, Distrowatch's Search page is more useful, but is of limited use for newcomers.

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It's time Linux fans open their arms to closed source

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Open source has been very good to me for over a decade and I intend on never using a closed source desktop or server platform. Why? Because I have found Linux to be the single best platform for me to get my work done efficiently and reliably. On top of those platforms, however, I will use whatever tool gets the job done. Closed, open, or somewhere in between. When a viable open sourced alternative to a closed source app arrives, I'll happily replace that closed source software. Until then, get the idea.

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Open-spec, octa-core “NanoPi M3” SBC sells for $35

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FriendlyARM’s NanoPi M3 SBC runs Linux or Android on a 64-bit, octa-core Samsung S5P6818, and offers WiFi, BT, GbE, and a 40-pin RPi connector.

In April, FriendlyARM blew away the scant competition in octa-core, 64-bit hacker SBCs with its $60 NanoPC-T3 board. Now it has stepped even harder on the affordability scale with a smaller, somewhat stripped down NanoPi M3 featuring the same Samsung S5P6818 octa-core SoC. The open-spec, community-backed boards sells for only $35, plus $10 shipping to the U.S.

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Open RTOS focuses on 32-bit IoT Arduinos with BLE

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Arduino Srl and Runtime unveiled an open source, Bluetooth savvy, “Apache Mynewt” RTOS for 32-bit MCUs, found on the new Arduino Primo and STAR Otto SBCs.

Arduino boards and Arduino compatibles are increasingly tapping higher-end 32-bit MPUs, such as the STM32F469 chip found on Arduino Srl’s new, media-enabled Arduino STAR Otto and the STM32L0 inside its new, wireless-studded Arduino Primo. Now Arduino Srl, one of the two forked Arduinos along with Arduino LLC, has announced a collaboration with Runtime to bring the latter’s open source, real-time Apache Mynewt OS to 32-bit Arduinos. In addition to the Primo and STAR Otto, it supports the Arduino Zero, Arduino Zero Pro, and Arduino M0 Pro.

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  • Flock 2016 schedule is now out

    The Flock 2016 schedule is now available! You can see all the sessions and speakers here on

    Each year, the Fedora community holds several premier events in different regions of the world. One of these is Flock, a conference for Fedora contributors in North America and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. This year Flock is in Europe — Kraków, Poland to be exact, from August 2-5.

  • Flock 2016, the Annual Fedora Linux Conference, to Take Place August 2-5

    Flock 2016 is the event of the year for anyone involved in the development process of the highly acclaimed Fedora Linux operating system sponsored by the Red Hat giant.

    The wait is almost over for Fedora developers and contributors who want to attend this year's Flock conference to share their knowledge and plans for the next major release of the Linux kernel-based operating system, Fedora 25.

ownCloud loses the community manager, Jos Poortvliet

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  • Moving on from ownCloud

    A few days ago, I published my last blogpost as ’ownCloud’ on our blog roll about the ownCloud community having grown by 80% in the last year. Talk about leaving on a high note!

    Yes, I’ll be leaving ownCloud, Inc. - but not the community. As the numbers from my last post make clear, the ownCloud community is doing awesome. It is growing at an exponential rate and while that in itself poses challenges, the community is healthy and doing great.

  • The most important skill you need as a leader

    "One of the most powerful tools you have as a leader is to be present." Eric McNulty opened up the first day of Cultivate this year, the annual pre-conference event before OSCON, with this quote.

$1 Open Source Hacking Board Is Here For Programming And Electronics

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To make the process of learning programming and DIYing easier and cheaper, One Dollar Board’s crowdfunding campaign has arrived on Indiegogo. The team behind the project aims to make the board available at a price of $1 + shipping all across the world, with a focus on developing countries.

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Git and GitHub

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  • Git 2.8.3 Source Code Management System Introduces over 20 Improvements

    Git, the popular and acclaimed source code management system, has received its third point release, version 2.8.3, bringing over 20 improvements and bug fixes to the current stable 2.8 branch.

  • Your project's RCS history affects ease of contribution (or: don't squash PRs)

    Github recently introduced the option to squash commits on merge, and even before then several projects requested that contributors squash their commits after review but before merge. This is a terrible idea that makes it more difficult for people to contribute to projects.

    I'm spending today working on reworking some code to integrate with a new feature that was just integrated into Kubernetes. The PR in question was absolutely fine, but just before it was merged the entire commit history was squashed down to a single commit at the request of the reviewer. This single commit contains type declarations, the functionality itself, the integration of that functionality into the scheduler, the client code and a large pile of autogenerated code.

They take to it later, but when women FLOSS, they mean it

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Despite an extreme gender gap in the free/Libre and open-source software community - even more extreme than in general IT - women who work full time in FLOSS stick with it longer than men, according to a recent report.

The gap between men and women in the IT industry is well known. The report, "Women in Free/Libre/Open Source Software: The situation in the 2010s", estimates that women make up 25 to 30 per cent of the IT workforce. For women working in free and open-source software, however, this percentage drops dramatically to two to five per cent.

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BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu tablet - Convergence in action

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Being able to use your smartphone as a desktop has a lot of allure to lots of people. Phones and tablets are all nice and dandy, but due to evolutionary factors explained in a related article, they are not really useful for anything but passive enjoyment of content. You simply cannot get the same type and/or amount of speed, efficiency, productivity, and multi-tasking like you can on a keyboard-and-mouse device. Plus money.

But what if you could transform your touch device into a would-be desktop? Sounds good, and this is what Convergence is. Dubbed various names and titles, this element of the M10 Ubuntu tablet sounds like an excellent selling point. I've already given you a review of what the hardware and the operating system can do, but we did not dwell on the desktop-like usage. We will do that now.

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Pinguy OS on the Ropes, What Linux Is

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The top Linux story today was the blog post by Pinguy OS founder saying he was thinking of "killing off Pinguy OS" due to financial difficulties. Elsewhere, TeckRadar posted an article from Linux Format answering, "What is Linux?" Another review of the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu tablet found Canonical "still has a lot work to do" and The Register reported on an analysis of women in Open Source Software.

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today's leftovers

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Linux on Servers

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  • Docker Founder Talks of New Tool and Open-Source Lessons He Learned

    Solomon Hykes, founder of Docker, details his firm's open-source experience and releases new tools at the OSCON conference.
    Solomon Hykes, founder of Docker Inc., is a familiar name in the world of open source today, but he wasn't always an open-source developer. In a keynote at the OSCON conference on May 18, Hykes detailed Docker's open-source voyage and released a trio of new tools as open source.

  • Containers and Persistent Data Storage on Docker and CoreOS

    As containers from Docker and other vendors grow in popularity, so does the need for enterprise-ready data storage solutions that work well with containers. Here's an overview of the challenges on this front, and how developers are solving them.

    You may be wondering why data storage for containers is an issue at all. After all, in our era of scale-out storage, automatic failover and redundant arrays, figuring out ways to store and protect data is not usually difficult.

  • SAP rolls Cloud Foundry HANA Platform beta

    SAP has released a beta version of its Hana Cloud Platform for Cloud Foundry.

    The software giant yesterday released a Cloud Foundry beta service that works on the Pivotal-inspired open-source cloud.

    Coming with the beta is support for Java, Node.js, HTML5, MongoDB, Redis, PostgresSQL and RabbitMQ.

  • [Older] In a Crisis, Be Open and Honest

    James Whitehurst is president and chief executive of Red Hat, the world’s largest open source software company.

    Q. You joined Delta Air Lines at noon on Sept. 11, 2001, as acting treasurer. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2005, by which time you had been promoted to chief operating officer and had to lay off tens of thousands of people. Talk about managing through crisis!

    A. I got promoted about 12 weeks before we filed for bankruptcy. That was really my first major leadership role, with 80,000 people working for me. I was 35 years old and I was too naïve to know I should have said no [to the promotion]. I’m naturally a very calm person and that helped, but it was really brutal.

    One of the key things I learned is that in this type of situation, your goal should not be to comfort or make people feel better, but to be open and honest. Tell people what it’s like and allow them to make the decisions that work best for them. A lot of leaders want to show a ray of optimism, but all you do is shade the truth. Be honest and say, “This is what it is and this is what we’re going to do about it.”

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

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  • Summer of Reproducible Builds

    What is Outreachy? You might not know! Let me empower you: Outreachy is an organization connecting woman and minorities to mentors in the free (as in freedom) software community, /and/ funding for three months to work with the mentors and contribute to a free software project. If you are a woman or minority human that likes free software, or if you know anyone in this situation, please tell them about Outreachy Or put them in touch with me, I'd happily tell them more.

  • Puppet 4 uploaded to Debian experimental

    I’ve uploaded puppet 4.4.2-1 to Debian experimental.

  • Accidental data-store ..

    My code is reliable, the implementation is almost painfully simple, and the only difference in my design is that rather than having an API-server which allows both "uploads" and "downloads" I split it into two - that means you can leave your "download" server open to the world, so that it can be useful, and your upload-server can be firewalled to only allow a few hosts to access it.

  • Accidental data-store .. is go!

    I might not be cool, but I did indeed rewrite it in golang. It was quite simple, and a simple benchmark of uploading two million files, balanced across 4 nodes worked perfectly.

  • Digital Signage Solution, Screenly, Chooses Canonical’s Ubuntu Core
  • 10 things you should know about the BQ Aquaris M10 tablet

    If you've been following me for awhile here, you've probably noticed I've started giving Ubuntu Touch a bit more coverage. There's a reason for that. Once you get your hands on such a device, you discover just how powerful a tablet can be. Since most people haven't picked up the BQ Aquaris M10 tablet, I thought I would shed some light on the issue, so that you can decide for yourself if it's a device you should own.

    Before I get into this, know that you can purchase one of the Ubuntu Touch-powered BQ tablets now. The price is, relatively speaking, low (€279.90, or roughly $320.00 USD). But for some, shelling out even that much cash for unproven tech is steep. And for the average consumer (and even the IT pro) Ubuntu Touch is just that: unproven.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • file considered harmful

    A program that helps users is useful. A program that restricts users is harmful. Run file on your computer all you want, but don’t use file to limit what I can do.

  • Open source, COTS-based voting tech

    A new company, Free & Fair, is offering a suite of products to make elections more verifiable, transparent and secure. The firm is a spin off from Galois, a research company that has worked with the federal government on identity and privacy services, cybersecurity defense solutions, mobile cryptographic authentication and even secure drone software.

  • A 5-step process for hiring tech talent

    Bitnami cofounder and COO, Erica Brescia says hiring good engineers is difficult. One of the greatest challenges facing companies today is that the younger, less experienced engineers may be a better culture fit than engineers with more experience. Also, more experienced engineers may not apply at all because they are secure in their current jobs.

  • Putting Purpose-Built Performance in NFV

    As the network functions virtualization (NFV) revolution comes to service provider and cloud communities, there are some concerns about this new technology. One of the major questions is how to design enough performance in NFV to keep pace in high-subscriber, mission-critical environments.

    Can NFV live up to the performance expectations of the most demanding networks, including global service providers? There is evidence that there is more work to do to transform this IT technology – but some key technology tools are emerging to put enough performance in NFV to perform for the most demanding applications, including communications.

  • An app competition is fertile testing ground for open organization principles

    It was just a typical, mundane day at school, when I happened to bump into my friend, Sheng Liang, who asked me if I was interested in participating in a competition with his friend, Li Quan. Sheng Liang has an entrepreneurial and competitive mindset, someone we usually see busy with some sort of idea or competition. So I was intrigued by his proposal.

  • European Space Agency starts 6th Summer of Code

    The European Space Agency will start its 6th Summer of Code on 1 June. ESA will this week select students for 24 open source software projects. The past month, sixty students registered to participate in the ‘Summer of Code in Space’ programme.

  • Mozilla Funds Program to Put Austin's Gigabit Connections to Use

    Mozilla is funding a new effort in Austin exploring just what can be done with a gigabit. Over the last few years Austin has become one of the few hotbeds of broadband competition in the United States, with Google Fiber, AT&T, Grande Communications all now offering gigabit broadband for $65 per month and up. In the hopes of answer the age of question of "what should you do with all that speed," Mozilla says the organization is expending the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund to Austin.

  • Mozilla awards grants to Chattanooga organizations

    Mozilla's Gigabit Community Fund has awarded $134,000 to nine grantees, including several in Chattanooga.

  • PLUMgrid: Open Source Collaboration Speeds IO and Networking Development

    PLUMgrid INC, which provides tools for OpenStack cloud providers, has been participating in the open source community since the company was founded in 2011. It started working with the Linux kernel community to create a distributed, programmable data plane and contributed to eBPF (extended Berkeley Packet Filter), a key component in building networks that are agile, fast and secure. eBPF has been upstreamed since Linux kernel version 3.16.

  • Proven Paths for Getting Valuable OpenStack Certification

    If you cycle the clock back to 2010, when Rackspace and NASA announced an effort to create a sophisticated cloud computing infrastructure that could compete with proprietary offerings, it would have been hard to forecast how successful the OpenStack platform would become. OpenStack has won over countless companies that are deploying it and backing it, and it has its own foundation. What’s more, with some studies showing the majority of private cloud deployments are on OpenStack, OpenStack certification is now an extremely hot commodity in the job market.

  • Berkus: Changing PostgreSQL Version Numbering

    On his blog, Josh Berkus asks about the effects of changing how PostgreSQL numbers its releases. There is talk of moving from an x.y.z scheme to an x.y scheme, where x would increase every year to try to reduce "the need to explain to users that 9.5 to 9.6 is really a major version upgrade requiring downtime". He is wondering what impacts that will have on users, tools, scripts, packaging, and so on. "The problem is the first number, in that we have no clear criteria when to advance it. Historically, we've advanced it because of major milestones in feature development: crash-proofing for 7.0, Windows port for 8.0, and in-core replication for 9.0. However, as PostgreSQL's feature set matures, it has become less and less clear on what milestones would be considered "first digit" releases. The result is arguments about version numbering on the mailing lists every year which waste time and irritate developers."

  • Changing PostgreSQL Version Numbering

    Per yesterday's developer meeting, the PostgreSQL Project is contemplating a change to how we do version numbers.

  • First courses online in Italian Moodle-based MOOC

    The first nine courses have been made available online on 21 April by EduOpen, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform developed by a consortium of 14 universities across Italy and the country’s Ministry of Education. EduOpen is built on Moodle, an open source software learning management system.

  • Crowdsourcing a new European Constitution

    Starting today, people will be able to collaboratively write a new European Constitution. The People's Constitution project is an initiative of the Dutch Pirate Party and Amsterdam civil society. It aims to crowdsource an alternative to the Treaty of Lisbon, one of the three treaties forming the constitutional basis of the European Union.

  • Growing Adoption of Open-Source GIS Software Driving the Global Teleradiology Market Through 2020, Says Technavio

    According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global teleradiology market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 15% during the forecast period.

  • "Open data sites like nightmarish supermarkets"

    Most of the open data sites that governments have created during the last decade still deliver data as sets of links to tables, or links to other sites that are also hard to comprehend. In the best cases, data is delivered through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), which are simple data query languages that require a user to have a basic knowledge of programming. So understanding what is inside each dataset requires downloading, opening, and exploring the dataset in ways that are extremely taxing for users. So says César A. Hidalgo, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in a blog post on the Scientific American site.

  • Some Sunnyside schools to drop textbooks for open-source material

    The Sunnyside Unified School District will pilot a new program to use free and open-source material for some grades and subjects as a money-saving measure.

    The district is partnering with the K-12 Open Education Resources Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that started about a year ago to develop high-quality, open education resources aligned with state and federal standards.

  • OpenTAC sprint, Cambridge

    Last weekend saw a small group get togeather in Cambridge to hack on the OpenTAC. OpenTAC is an OpenHardware OpenSoftware test platform, designed specificly to aid automated testing and continious intergration.

  • The LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer is Now Available for Purchase, Debuts at RAPID 2016
  • LulzBot TAZ 6 Desktop 3D Printer Available Today
  • LulzBot Releases New Improved Self-Levelling, Self-Cleaning 3D Printer
  • LulzBot TAZ 6 Open-Source Desktop 3D Printer Launches For $2500

    LulzBot launched their new open source desktop 3D printer this week in the form of the new LulzBot TAZ 6 which is now available to purchase priced at $2500 and is available directly from the official LulzBot website or from its participating partners...

  • Beyond Jenkins: 7 devops tools

    The need for speed in the software development cycle has given rise to a number of valuable automation tools for developers. Chief among these tools are those aimed at facilitating the continuous integration and continuous delivery of software projects. Through these CI/CD tools, development teams can keep software up-to-date and quickly put it into production.

    Jenkins is among the best-known CI/CD systems, and it is fast becoming the engine for devops, managing the dev side. A key benefit of Jenkins is the wealth of plug-ins developed for it, providing capabilities that range from extending the number of version control systems Jenkins supports to accommodations for IBM mainframes. Spun out of the Hudson project first launched by Sun Microsystems, Jenkins recently hit Version 2, with improvements to its usability and security.

  • Microsoft Partners With Open-Source Jenkins Project [Ed: Microsoft threatens to ruin Jenkins with its malware that looks like an operating system]
  • Jenkins finds a new home on Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Moves Open Source Jenkins Project To Azure
  • Scratch Blocks — Google And MIT Develop An Open Source Programming Language For Young Learners

    Google and MIT have come up with a programming language called Scratch Blocks for kids. It is based on the Google’s Blockly technology which was launched back in 2007 and had designer interfaces. This interface helps kids to learn a programming language better and faster than textual learning.

Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in the US

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Google's low-cost Chromebooks outsold Apple's range of Macs for the first time in the US recently. While IDC doesn't typically break out Windows vs. Chromebook sales, IDC analyst Linn Huang confirmed the milestone to The Verge. "Chrome OS overtook Mac OS in the US in terms of shipments for the first time in 1Q16," says Huang. "Chromebooks are still largely a US K-12 story."

IDC estimates Apple's US Mac shipments to be around 1.76 million in the latest quarter, meaning Dell, HP, and Lenovo sold nearly 2 million Chromebooks in Q1 combined. Chromebooks have been extremely popular in US schools, and it's clear from IDC's comments the demand is driving US shipments. Outside of the US, it's still unclear exactly how well Google's low-cost laptops are doing. Most data from market research firms like IDC and Gartner focuses solely on Google's wins in the US.

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Hungary to increase use of open source software

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The government of Hungary intends to increase public administrations’ use of open source software and open standards. A decree published on 18 May explains that the transition should go hand in hand with the strengthening of the country’s nascent open source software service sector.

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BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition review: A rocky start to a new era

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Let me be clear. In reviewing the Aquaris M10, I was very aware that I was reviewing not just the device but the Ubuntu mobile platform. In fact, the review is less about the device than about where Ubuntu stands now in the tablet space and the potential and possibilities the future holds.

Ubuntu mobile is a very promising platform; it just needs some constructive feedback so that developers can improve the user experience. I consider this tablet something similar to Google Glass: a prototype that gives you a glimpse of what to expect from Ubuntu on tablets.

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German experts update free software legal review

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Two German legal experts have published the fourth edition of their review of legal issues regarding the use of free software. The book by Till Jaeger, a Berlin-based lawyer specialised in legal issues concerning open source software, and Axel Metzger, professor at the Humboldt University in the same city, appeared in March.

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France’s RGI v2 recommends ODF

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The French government has updated the interoperablity guidelines (RGI – Référence Général d’Intéropérabilité), replacing version 1 published in 2009. In this v2, officially published on April 22, 2016, ODF is now considered as a recommended standard to manage exchange between administrations and citizens.

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