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Import your files from closed or obsolete applications

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One of the biggest risks with using proprietary applications is losing access to your digital content if the software disappears or ends support for old file formats. Moving your content to an open format is the best way to protect yourself from being locked out due to vendor lock-in and for that, the Document Liberation Project (DLP) has your back.

According to the DLP's homepage, "The Document Liberation Project was created to empower individuals, organizations, and governments to recover their data from proprietary formats and provide a mechanism to transition that data into open and standardized file formats, returning effective control over the content from computer companies to the actual authors."

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Open-source office software suites for the enterprise and LibreOffice 6.1.2 packages available for Slackware

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The Best Free Office Suites for Linux in 2018

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FossMint is particular about FOSS and related projects or partnerships. Sadly, though, not all the applications that are vital to certain needs fall under that category. Maybe someday they will but until then, potential users deserve the right to know about all their alternatives.

All the listed software are free to use with similar features to the ones in Microsoft’s Office Suite and even documents that are compatible with the same.

Some are desktop software while others are browser-based so you have the option to choose which one better suits your setup.

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Office Suites: OffiDocs, SoftMaker, LibreOffice, WPS Office

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  • OffiDocs, the online Linux environment is a free cloud service to use desktop apps like LibreOffice and GIMP with a web browser

    OffiDocs offers you a complete service so you can work in the cloud with your Linux desktop apps. Thanks to this online platform, you can develop your projects from anywhere and at any time just using your Internet browser.

  • SoftMaker Office 2018 for Linux reaches beta stage

    The German software developer, SoftMaker, has announced the public beta release of its SoftMaker Office 2018 for Linux package. The Linux release comes hot on the heels of the Windows version of the suite which launch just a few weeks ago. Users can expect a re-designed interface which allows users to work with classic menus or ribbons. The company also touts seamless compatibility with Microsoft Office.

  • LibreOffice vs. WPS Office: Which Office Suite Should You Use on Linux

    LibreOffice and WPS Office are two common Microsoft Office alternatives for the Linux platform. There has been several debates as to which of these is the better alternative to Microsoft Office. The debates, surely, are not going to end anytime soon.

    There is no definitive answer here! The choice between the two is completely dependent on the user and the job at hand. LibreOffice and WPS Office both have their pros and cons. After sharing some pros and cons of each office suite, you will be better informed to make your choice should you get caught up in such a dilemma.

Apache OpenOffice: We're OK with not being super cool... PS: Watch out for that Mac bug

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Apache OpenOffice 4.1.4 finally shipped on October 19, five months later than intended, but the software is still a bit buggy.

The resource-starved open-source project had been looking to release the update around Apache Con in mid-May, but missed the target, not altogether surprising given persistent concerns about a lack of community enthusiasm and resources for the productivity suite.

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Locked in by choice: why the city of Rome is championing open source software

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Five years after the European Union adopted a policy designed to free public bodies in Europe from proprietary software, government authorities across Europe are deeply dependent on Microsoft software and services.

However, some government agencies have managed to migrate to open source alternatives. Their projects are often difficult, temporary, and, carried out under the radar, in an attempt to escape lobbying both from Microsoft and other parts of government.

Rome is one of Europe’s cities advocating open source as a better alternative to Microsoft. City councilor, Flavia Marzano, argues that open source should start on the desktop with open source alternatives to Microsoft Office.

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News about the migration to ODF in Taiwan

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The migration of ODF keeps going in many different fields in Taiwan. Since 2016 the Ministry of Education in Taiwan entrusts the Information Service Association of Chinese Colleges (ISAC) and Software Liberty Association Taiwan (SLAT) with the task of promoting and migrating ODF/LibreOffice in universities in Taiwan. Among all the university, National Chi-Nan University (NCNU) is the earliest one, which started migrating LibreOffice since 2014 and has been working on it for three years.

Then on April 20, 2017, a student from NCNU posted an article on Dcard forum saying that, according to her teacher, NCNU “Will not use Microsoft Office anymore due to the budget issue. LibreOffice will be used to replace Microsoft Office.” The student strongly questioned, “LibreOffice is totally unknown to everyone. I don’t know what the administrative staffs of our school are thinking about. Microsoft’s software is a very basic skill for enterprises to recruit people. This decision will make students lost their core competitiveness.”

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Document Freedom Day 2017

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  • Happy Document Freedom Day

    It is with great pleasure again that we are announcing Document Freedom Day celebration. As we mentioned we gave people 1 more month to prepare for the event and run it on Wednesday April 26th so it’s today!

    DFD is the international day to celebrate and raise awareness of Open Standards. Open Standards goes beyond essays and spreadsheets and covers all digital formats from artwork, sheet and recorded music, email, or statistics. They provide freedom from data lock-in and the subsequent supplier’s lock-in.

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Top LibreOffice Alternatives

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  • Top LibreOffice Alternatives

    More people than ever are enjoying the benefits of LibreOffice. It's free to use and open source. But what about LibreOffice alternatives? Are there any good LibreOffice Alternative sand should you try them for yourself? This article is going to share some of the best LibreOffice alternatives and provide links where you can learn more about each of them.

  • Ubuntu Tablet - quick test LibreOffice

    Ubuntu Tablet - quick test Libre Office in desktop mode tablet Bq Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition running Unity 8 bluetooth mouse + keyboard

LibreOffice and OpenOffice News

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Easy Librem 5 App Development: Flashlight

In my first post on easy application development on the Librem 5 I discussed how to turn a simple shell script that takes a screenshot into a full graphical app with only a few extra lines of code. In this post I will follow up with an even simpler application that took about twenty minutes to write with much of that time involved in reading documentation. My Bright Idea The interesting thing about smart phones is how many other devices they have replaced beyond a regular phone. For instance, there used to be a market for small, pocket-sized digital cameras, but now many people just use the cameras on their smart phones. While some people still do keep a pocket flashlight with them, many people just use the light on their smart phone. I realized that a flashlight app would be another great way to showcase just how easy it is to develop applications for the Librem 5. As applications go the requirements are pretty simple: you need a button to turn on the light, a button to turn off the light, and a button to close the app. Read more

LibreOffice Writer Articles and Improvements

  • Two alternatives to Microsoft Word that are free and customizable

    If you're looking for an open-source office suite, LibreOffice is the software package for you. Its word processing program is LibreOffice Writer--which, incidentally, this story was written with, so I can attest to its excellence. You're able to choose from different fonts and text styles, embed images and figures, and use a variety of other functions you'd expect from its paid competition. It can save files in an Open Document Format (ODF), a number of Word formats, and export your work as a PDF for wide-ranging compatibility.

  • Improved rotated text handling in Writer's table rows with automatic height

    Writer now has better support for rotated text in tables containing rows with automatic height. This post also presents two related fixes. First, thanks Otevřená města who made this work by Collabora possible. [...] Before diving into improved rotated text handling, first a continuous section break import problem (tdf#128605) was fixed: this was a case when we created a new page style, but only a new section was intended.

Proprietary Software and DRM

  • AWS outage cripples ACT Emergency Services Agency website as Canberra bushfire rages

    The outage hit as Canberra Airport was shut to commercial traffic because of the fire, with residents around Oaks Estate warned to get out of the road of the oncoming blaze after two fires merged and engulfed a rubbish tip.

    It is still unclear why the ESA website was hit by a single point of failure, however the blaze, known as the Beard fire, is burning close to the industrial suburb of Fyshwick which houses several data centres.

    The blaze near the airport is also within stone's throw of the the Australian Signals Directorate's Australian Cyber Security Centre offices at the Brindabella Park office complex that houses a clutch of other technology, consulting and miltech tenants.

  • The Pentagon CIO office's plan for better software

    In his speech, Ranks detailed several efforts underway at the DoD to increase update speed. To start, Ranks said, the DoD CIO's office is changing policy to allow for more iterative processes in acquisition, a departure from the current process where requirements are laid out years before technology is delivered. To complete that goal, Ranks said the DoD needs the enterprise capability to provide the tools necessary to create a more iterative process.

  • Google and Microsoft have gone too far

    Google and Microsoft are using dark pattern design to trick or force users to do things they never intended. Is it time to switch to more ethical search engines? (We list 10 alternatives.)

  • Sonos CEO Issues Half-Baked Apology, Continues Bricking Old Speakers
    Sonos CEO Patrick Spence has publicly apologized for confusion around Sonos’ smart speaker plans.

OPNsense 20.1-RC1 Released For Popular BSD-Based Firewall / Routing OS

The release candidate of OPNsense 20.1 is available this weekend, the FreeBSD/HardenedBSD-based networking/firewall OS that forked from pfSense now a half-decade ago. The OPNsense 20.1 release has been working on a variety of security improvements, VXLAN device support, working on the transition to a fully plug-able device infrastructure, plug-in updates, and many other changes. Read more Original message:

  • OPNsense 20.1-RC1 released
    Hi there,
    
    For over 5 years now, OPNsense is driving innovation through modularising
    and hardening the open source firewall, with simple and reliable firmware
    upgrades, multi-language support, HardenedBSD security, fast adoption of
    upstream software updates as well as clear and stable 2-Clause BSD licensing.
    
    We thank all of you for helping test, shape and contribute to the project!
    We know it would not be the same without you.
    
    Download links, an installation guide[1] and the checksums for the images
    can be found below as well.
    
    o Europe: https://opnsense.c0urier.net/releases/20.1/
    o US East Coast: http://mirrors.nycbug.org/pub/opnsense/releases/20.1/
    o US West Coast: https://mirror.sfo12.us.leaseweb.net/opnsense/releases/20.1/
    o South America: http://mirror.upb.edu.co/opnsense/releases/20.1/
    o South-East Asia: https://ftp.yzu.edu.tw/opnsense/releases/20.1/
    o Full mirror list: https://opnsense.org/download/
    
    Here are the full patch notes against 19.7.9_1:
    
    o system: support for manually removing static route entries
    o system: migrated logging to MVC
    o system: regenerate default DH parameters
    o system: randomize session ID in test cookie
    o system: remove legacy XMLRPC push on changes
    o system: deprecate the use of services.inc
    o system: opt-out on "Allow DNS server list to be overridden by DHCP/PPP on WAN" for selected interfaces
    o system: increase PHP memory limit to 512 MB
    o system: opnsense-auth can now respond with extended properties in JSON on successful authentication
    o interfaces: loopback device support
    o interfaces: VXLAN device support
    o interfaces: first steps toward fully pluggable device infrastructure
    o interfaces: remove default load of netgraph framework on bootup
    o interfaces: interfaces: move description into top block and rename titles
    o interfaces: only trigger newwanip event for affected interfaces
    o firmware: revoke 19.1, trust 20.1 fingerprint
    o firmware: new mirror in Zurich, CH contributed by ServerBase AG
    o firmware: add live search to mirror selection
    o dhcp: add OMAPI configuration support (contributed by Yuri Moens)
    o ipsec: add configurable dpdaction (contributed by  Marcel Menzel)
    o ipsec: refactor tunnel settings page
    o unbound: add options for logging queries and extended statistics (contributed by Flightkick)
    o mvc: BaseListField ignoring empty selected field
    o ui: jQuery 3.4.1
    o plugins: os-dyndns 1.19 adds dynv6 and Azure DNS support (contributed by Ralf Zerres and martgras)
    o plugins: os-haproxy 2.20[2]
    o plugins: os-zabbix-agent 1.7[3][4]
    o ports: ca_root_nss 3.49.1
    o ports: curl 7.68.0[5]
    o ports: openssl 1.1.1d[6]
    
    Known issues and limitations:
    
    o HardenedBSD 12.1 has been postponed to the next major release
    o Nano growfs does not work on this release candidate, but a fix for 20.1 already exists
    o Installer still advertises 19.7, but a fix for 20.1 already exists
    o Legacy MPD5 plugins os-l2tp, os-pppoe and os-pptp have been deprecated and will no longer receive updates
    o i386 has not been deprecated for the time being