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Tender For Base Framework For An Android Version Of LibreOffice With Basic Editing Capabilities

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TDF currently plans to invest into getting LibreOffice, its free office suite, to mobile Android devices like tablets and smartphones, extending the existing desktop version of the software.

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Sharing work is easier with an Open Document Format

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We often wish to share electronic documents with friends, colleagues, business or government, and the software application we use to prepare these documents will save them in a particular format.

Any application that later loads the document will also need to be able to understand this format. If an organisation can control the format, and convince people to use it, then they can use this as a very powerful tool to create a monopoly in the market.

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10 tips for easier collaboration between office suites

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Yes, you are likely using the Microsoft formats for your documents. However, they don't always follow OpenDocument Format (ODF) standards. Instead of opting for the proprietary Microsoft formats, switch over to one that's welcomed by nearly all office suites: ODF. You'll find a much more seamless collaboration process and fewer gotchas when moving between office suites. The only platform that can have a bit of trouble with this format is Android. The one Android office suite that works well with ODF is OfficeSuite 7 Pro.

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LibreOffice Ported To 64-bit ARM (AArch64)

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As more and more open-source programs get brought up for 64-bit ARM, LibreOffice is the latest to receive such AArch64 enablement.

As of today in LibreOffice Git is the initial AArch64 support. Over one thousand new lines of code were added to LibreOffice by Red Hat's Stephan Bergmann for allowing the open-source office suite to build on the ARMv8 64-bit architecture. LibreOffice already runs on many CPU architectures from x86 to Alpha and SPARC with ARM64 just being the latest.

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LibreOffice 4.3.1 Is Available For Download!!

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The Document Foundation has announced LibreOffice 4.3.1, the first minor release of LibreOffice 4.3 “fresh” family, with over 100 fixes.

If you’re using LibreOffice right in your system, you’re advised to update it as soon as possible to avoid security issues. This includes users who are running LibreOffice 4.2.6 as originally released on August, 5th 2014.

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Patent trolls and open document formats with open source thought leaders

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Over on Gordon Haff's blog, Connections, the senior cloud evangelist for Red Hat talked with Simon Phipps, the president of the Open Source Initiative about U.S. software patent cases and the United Kingdom's decision to make ODF its official document format.

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LibreOffice 4.3 (PC) review: A powerful but dated Office clone

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LibreOffice is an excellent Microsoft Office alternative that'll do just about everything you need it to, quickly and efficiently. And in a world without WPS Office, I wouldn't think twice about recommending it. But while LibreOffice has championed mimicking and even one-upping Microsoft's apps, the competition was busy marching ahead, developing tools to address the new ways we get to work. The most crucial of these is cross-device support.

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One interface, many truths

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Today I’d like to discuss a topic that is constantly recurring about LibreOffice: the overhaul of its interface. I am aware the matter has some real trolling potential, but at least if one wants to troll it is important to get some things straight first.

Is LibreOffice’s interface outdated? It depends who you ask the question. The problem is that some part of the answer is really a matter of taste; another part of it is really about the kind of interface we could have; and yet another side of the matter is the perception of what its interface should be like. Let’s address the three issues separately.

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More: LibreOffice Conference 2014 to be held in Bern this September

And Several Months Later....

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We are moving our production GNOME desktop to new physical hardware. After some discussions and reviewing work loads, we decided for now to stay with GNOME 2. The older server was cloned and was finally moved to the new hardware. The server is 100% solid state drives with 80 hyperthreaded cores. This increased capacity was needed for the next project:

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ODF FOI Update: Lost, Found and Lost Again

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This is really one of the most ridiculous get-out clauses, because it is so wide. The whole point of the FOI system is so that we can see precisely what is being said in these discussions, and to find out what companies are saying behind closed doors - and what ministers are replying. Although it's laudable that the Department for Business Innovation and Skills got in touch to correct its response to me, it's rather rich to do so and then simply refuse point-blank to release any of the information it has just found.

The only consolation is that whatever Microsoft whispered in the corridors of power to de-rail the move to ODF - since I hardly imagine it was a fervent supporter of the idea - it didn't work. However, there are doubtless many other occasions when it did, but we will never know. That's just unacceptable in a modern democracy.

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    The openSUSE Project, through Douglas DeMaio, had the great pleasure of informing us that approximately 45,000 students from an Indonesian province are currently testing a pilot program powered by openSUSE Linux.
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    Developers working on the open-source Exynos DRM driver for supporting the display block found on Samsung's Exynos ARM SoCs are up to their 9th version of patches for providing atomic mode-setting support.
  • Calibre eBook Editor and Converter Refines DOCX Export
    A new version of the famous Calibre eBook editor, viewer, and converter has been released, and the developer has further improved the DOCX functionality that was made available a short while ago.
  • FocusWriter Review - The Ultimate Tool for Procrastinating Writers
    Surprisingly, a lot of people who want to write expect to start perfectly, so they think that if they have the proper tools right from the beginning, then it will actually be easier to take up writing. This is the reason there are quite a few applications out there that focus on stuff like writing goals, for example, and that try to provide the minimum number of features that a writer might need.
  • Google Summer Of Code progress with okular
    Layers feature is almost done. A list of layers is being generated in the left sidebar and toggling visibility of layers is also working.
  • After 17 Years Mandriva Being Liquidated
    It's with a heavy heart that I report that Mandriva Linux is no more. Mandrake Linux, as it was known in the beginning, was the Linux distribution that freed my computer from the lock-in and insecurity of proprietary alternatives. While saddened, no one is really surprised at this last whimper. Mandriva suffered financial issues for nearly the entirety of its existence, even filing bankruptcy at least once. Fortunately, with projects like Mageia and OpenMandriva, Mandrake Linux will live on in more than just our memories.
  • Tribute to Mandrake
    Good news everyone, a new version of OpenMandriva is ready to see the world in a few days, 2014.2 will soon bemaking its way to you. Listen out for details, features – and torrents!
  • Mandrake, Mandriva, Mageia, OpenMandriva… FOSS is FOSS!
    Yesterday we learned that Mandriva, the company, was shutting down. I read a lot of sad comments on Twitter about it and realized that few of those guys seemed to be aware that actually Mandriva, the company, wasn’t doing a Linux distribution anymore for several years. The Mandriva Linux distribution, which earlier forked as PCLinuxOS, Mageia and others, is now OpenMandriva.
  • New calibre packages – finally
    During the previous couple of weeks I enjoyed several long weekends due to national holidays, and so it happened that I could spend some time re-visiting the calibre.SlackBuild and updating it so that it was able to compile a package for Calibre 2.x.
  • F22 release & upgrades, Flock & FUDCon
  • Appstream data for RPMFusion - now available!
    I've been working on generating appstream data for RPMFusion packages recently. At the moment, since only Fedora packages provide appstream data, only they can be installed using Gnome software - for RPMFusion packages, a user must use another package manager - DNF and so on. Considering that a lot of the packages in RPMFusion are media player front-ends and things, it'd make it a lot easier for users if these were also listed in Gnome software. I spent a number of hours today writing appstream data files for the RPMFusion packages - both in the free and non free repositories. I believe I've written appstream data files for all packages that could be listed in Gnome software now. (They're hosted here in the Github repository I set up for this purpose). I had already generated initial RPM packages for the free and non free repositories and submitted review tickets to RPMFusion. They're still unassigned, so if you are a package maintainer with a few free cycles, please consider reviewing them. They are really simple reviews.
  • Ubuntu Phone Update This Month Brings Many Improvements
    This month's Ubuntu Phone Update sent over-the-air is bringing a number of new features and improvements for Ubuntu smartphone users over the next few days.
  • Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE 1) Will Reach EOL in January 2016. How To Upgrade To LMDE 2.0
    As you may already know, the Linux Mint Team is maintaining both the Linux Mint systems, based on Ubuntu, and the Linux Mint Debian Edition systems, based on Debian.
  • Get Started With Tizen Development On Linux Mint 17
    The Samsung Open Source Group (OSG) have created a Getting started guide that has been tested on Linux Mint 17, and most of it should also work for Ubuntu. It shows you the prerequisites that you need as well as showing you step by step Instructions on how to install the Tizen SDK. You get to setup a test device and get familiar to the new environment that you will be soon calling your new home.
  • Speed Truck for the Samsung Z1 Smart Phone
    The Speed Truck was the third most downloaded game from the Tizen store during April 2015. The file size is only 0.65MB which takes not take up too much space, version 1.2.0. You can drive your BigFoot truck across the desert and compete against other truck racers whilst keeping an eye on your trucks health and the time limit. There will be power ups along the way to help you to enhance your speed against other players.
  • Open Source Platform Emojidex Offers “Emojis-As-A-Service”
    Like them or not, emojis are turning into the mobile era’s lingua franca. Now a project called emojidex is offering “emojis-as-a-service,” with a platform that lets developers share new emojis with each other and add them to their websites and apps.
  • First Look Media Publishes Warrant “Canary,” Releases Software for Managing Canaries
  • Twitter open-sources Kit and Digits developer tools for Android
    In advance of Google I/O later this week, Twitter is making both Twitter Kit and its telephone sign-on tool Digits open source on GitHub for Android developers.
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  • Hands on Embedded Linux Development Training
    This 3-day seminar focuses on how Linux has been adapted for use in embedded environments, with specific emphasis on the ARM architecture. Through extensive hands-on lab work, you learn how to install a cross-development environment, build a compact version of Linux for an embedded device, install the build on the target system, and test its operation. You’ll create and test programs that exercise I/O as well as networking applications .
  • Performance and Scalability Microconference Accepted into 2015 Linux Plumbers Conference
    Core counts keep rising, and that means that the Linux kernel continues to encounter interesting performance and scalability issues. Which is not a bad thing, since it has been well over ten years since the “free lunch” of exponential CPU-clock frequency increases came to an abrupt end. This microconference will therefore look at futex scaling, address-space scaling, improvements to queued spinlocks, additional lockless algorithms, userspace per-CPU critical sections, and much else besides.
  • Google Promotes Chrome 44 to the Beta Channel with Smoother Video Playback
    On May 27, Penny MacNeil from the Google Chrome development team was happy to announce the promotion of the Google Chrome 44 web browser from the Dev channel to the Beta one for all supported platforms, including Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.
  • Mozilla Firefox 39.0 to Offer Built-in Malware Protection for Downloads on Linux and Mac
    Today we are happy to inform you that Mozilla has published some details about the next major version of its popular, cross-platform, and free web browser, Mozilla Firefox 39.0.
  • LibreOffice Viewer for Android released
  • RMS, free software and where I fail the goal
    Maybe my memory is blurred due to the fact, that the seperation of firmware from the Linux kernel, and proper firmware loading got implemented only years later. I remember the discussion about the pwc driver and its removal from Linux. Maybe the situation wasn't better at that time but the firmware was just hidden inside the Linux driver code?
  • Openness and Innovation for Smart Cities
    Apps implementation and open government data use and re-use, are examples of it, and Open & Smart Government are nowadays trends where technology has an important role. In this paper we explore this perspective, with special focus in the open innovation within the city.
  • Security updates for Thursday
  • Over 30% of Official Images in Docker Hub Contain High Priority Security Vulnerabilities
    Docker Hub is a central repository for Docker developers to pull and push container images. We performed a detailed study on Docker Hub images to understand how vulnerable they are to security threats. Surprisingly, we found that more than 30% of official repositories contain images that are highly susceptible to a variety of security attacks (e.g., Shellshock, Heartbleed, Poodle, etc.). For general images – images pushed by docker users, but not explicitly verified by any authority – this number jumps up to ~40% with a sampling error bound of 3%.

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