Word processing is an important part of work – and not just office work; everyone needs word processors at some point. This is the first article in the series ‘Best Open Source Apps’ and here I will talk about the most popular open source word processors for GNU/Linux: AbiWord, Calligra Words and LibreOffice Writer. I didn’t take OpenOffice Writer because it is not all that different from LibreOffice Writer.
Targeting the business community HP has unveiled the Slate 21 Pro AiO (All-in-One) desktop running on Android 4.3 at CES 2014. The desktop is aimed to find use in office, education and kiosk environments. Given that most businesses run Windows applications, the system will be capable of running these too.
The NSA spy scandal caused an uproar in many countries, whose leaders' smartphones were being spied upon, most notably Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel. The intelligence scandal greatly increased the demand for encrypted mobile devices and communications in Europe. Many European political leaders will most probably ditch their high-end iOS and Android devices for a new breed of smartphones – the “cryptophones”.
It may have been our third day of CES, but Tuesday was really day one for the show, when some 150,000 people crushed into the Las Vegas Convention Center to wander the booths and toy with all of the devices. But Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson and Reviews Editor Ron Amadeo took some time off the floor to visit an old friend of Ars: Tracking Point, makers of the Linux-powered rifle.
Qimo Linux is a kid-friendly distribution designed to make computers simple for children. Parents will appreciate the cartoon theme and the fact that everything is easy to find, even for the youngest users.
Linux has been a part of the enterprise back end for a long time and is becoming more prevalent in the office-side of businesses, from small businesses to major enterprises. So, what are the best Linux applications for IT managers and business owners to use in the enterprise? These five apps will expand the business's IT infrastructure and functionality while reducing the overall cost of maintaining an efficient, reliable business.
Chris Mason says that the main item missing from Btrfs' RAID5/6 handling is the logging of parity to ensure consistent parity in situations like power loss. Chris says he's back to working on this code and is making good progress. He's also planning to fix scrub support for RAID5/6 Btrfs support after completing the parity work.
With development dragging on for the Linux 3.13 kernel until the middle of January, here's a recap of some of the most important changes that landed into Linux 3.13 that either provided new features, performance improvements, or are worth noting for one reason or another. There's also a rundown of all the Linux kernel benchmarks we've done on this new kernel to date.
The Linux-KVM packages in conjunction with virt-manager were obtained from the Ubuntu "Trusty Tahr" archive in December while the VirtualBox virtualization software was obtained from the Oracle web-site at the same time with their latest version being 4.3.4.