LibreOffice will have roadmap for cloud service next month

23 03 2012

The Document Foundation (TDF), which produces the leading open source office software suite LibreOffice, is on schedule for the release of its plan to offer a cloud version of its software next month.

 

The team released the last update to its 3.4 build on Thursday and is now focused on developing version 3.5 further, but the group is now also ready to detail its plans for cloud services in April. That said, the team reserves the right to hold off on launch until the last few software fixes come in, TDF spokesman Italo Vignoli told The Register.

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The growth of LibreOffice over Microsoft Office

6 03 2012

LibreOffice after one and half-years as an open source office productivity suite has grown from being just a fork of OpenOffice.org (OOo) and emerged as an independent tool for those who prefer the openness and scope of work copyleft offers over claustrophobic copyright licenses and proprietary software. Following the game-changing split and backing by The Document Foundation (TDF) LibreOffice has over 25,000 code commits and 330 contributors. Secondly, it has over 15million Linux OS users, a further 10 million users are split between Microsoft (90-percent) and Mac OS X (5- percent).

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KDE Software Compilation 4.4.0 (Codename: “Caikaku”) Lançado

9 02 2010

9 de Fevereiro de 2010.

Hoje a comunidade KDE anuncia a disponibilidade imediata do KDE SC 4.4, "Caikaku", trazendo uma coleção inovadora de aplicações para os usuários de Software Livre. Novas tecnológias foram introduzidas, incluindo redes sociais e ferramentas de colaboração online, uma nova interface orientada a netbooks e inovações infra-estruturais como o framework de autenticação KAuth. De acordo com o sistema de bugs do KDE, 7293 bugs foram corrigidos e 1433 novas requisições de ferramentas foram implementadas. A comunidade KDE gostaria de agradecer a todos que tornaram o lançamento dessa versão possível.

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KDE Software Compilation 4.3.4 Release Announcement

2 12 2009

KDE Community Ships Fourth Translation and Service Release of the 4.3 Free Desktop, Containing Numerous Bugfixes, Performance Improvements and Translation Updates

December 1st, 2009. Today, KDE has released a new version of the KDE Software Compilation (KDE SC). This month’s edition of KDE SC is a bugfix and translation update to KDE SC 4.3. KDE SC 4.3.4 is a recommended upgrade for everyone running KDE 4.3.3 or earlier versions. As the release only contains bugfixes and translation updates, it will be a safe and pleasant update for everyone. Users around the world will appreciate that KDE SC 4.3.4 is more completely translated. KDE 4 is already translated into more than 50 languages, with more to come.

KDE SC 4.3.4 has a number of improvements:

  • A bugfix in Plasma’s pixmap cache makes the workspace more responsive
  • Okular, the document viewer improved stability in certain situations
  • Marble, the desktop globe has seen some polish
  • Passphrases with non-ASCII characters have been fixed in the KGpg encryption tool

The changelog has more, if not exhaustive, lists of the improvements since KDE SC 4.3.3.

Full release announcement





KDE 4.3.2 Release Announcement

6 10 2009

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KDE Community Ships Second Translation and Service Release of the 4.3 Free Desktop, Containing Numerous Bugfixes, Performance Improvements and Translation Updates

October 6th, 2009. Another month has passed since the release of KDE 4.3.0, so today the KDE Community announces the immediate availability of KDE 4.3.2, a bugfix, translation and maintenance update for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop. KDE 4.3.2 is a monthly update to KDE 4.3. It ships with a desktop workspace and many cross-platform applications such as administration programs, network tools, educational applications, utilities, multimedia software, games, artwork, development tools and more. KDE’s award-winning tools and applications are available in more than 50 languages.

Enhancements

KDE 4.3.2 brings a nice numer of bugfixes, some critical, some just fixing small annoyances:

  • Many crashers have been fixed in KDE’s core libraries, bringing more stability to all applications
  • KWin’s window compositing effects have been further stabilized by fixing a number of bugs in effect plugins such as the famous coverswitch window switcher
  • The biggest number of bugs for this release has been fixed in KMail, KDE’s email client, making it more reliable and usable by correcting a number of display issues
  • Saving files over themselves works again in Okular, KDE’s document viewer

As usual, the changelog provides more — if not exhaustive — information about improvements in KDE 4.3.2. The KDE team recommends KDE 4.3.2 for everyone running an earlier version of KDE.

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Mensagem da Linux Foundation para a Microsoft – Parem de atacar o Linux

11 09 2009

billgates01Jim Zemlim, o director executivo da Linux Foundation deixa um aviso para a Microsoft. Parem de atacar o Linux. Zemlin afirma que a gigante do Software está a usar de um tipo de guerrilha contra o GNU/Linux e que este comportamento está a ser negativo para o crescente número de clientes Microsoft que usam ambientes mistos Windows/Linux.

Estes comentários de Zemlin vêm a propósito do facto de a Microsoft ter recentemente vendido a uma empresa algumas patentes originais da SGI, patentes estas que estariam no lote das que a Microsoft acusa de serem infrigidas pelo Linux. A empresa que comprou as acções é uma empresa que normalmente compra e revende acções a outras empresas que as usam para atacar produtos concorrentes da 1ª.

Zemlin na sua acusação sugere que as intenções da Microsoft seriam desviar as atenções para um ataque ao Linux usando outra empresa como queixosa desviando de si as atenções, normalmente este tipo de ataque é denominado attack by proxy.

Felizmente a Microsoft foi apanhada e a Open Invention Network (OIN) estava atenta e conseguiu adquirir estas patentes. A OIN é uma empresa que adquire patentes e as licenceia sem custos para entidades que em troca aceitem não usar as suas patentes contra o Linux ou aplicações relacionadas com o software Livre. A OIN foi fundada em 2005 pela IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat e a Sony.

Excerto da noticia original

Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin has a message for Microsoft: he wants the software giant to stop attacking Linux. Zemlin contends that Microsoft is engaged in a covert war against the open source operating system and that the company’s hostile behavior is detrimental to the growing number of Microsoft customers who deploy mixed Windows and Linux environments.

Zemlin’s comments about Microsoft are a response to a patent auction carried out by Microsoft to sell a number of patents that the company allegedly said were related to Linux. The patents, which were originally obtained by Microsoft from SGI, were sold to Allied Security Trust (AST), a patent-holding group that grants its members perpetual licenses before reselling the patents.

Zemlin suggests that Microsoft’s intention was to surreptitiously slip the intellectual property to a patent troll that would then go after Linux companies. This tactic would allow Microsoft to launch an indirect assault against the open source operating system while largely insulating the company from retaliatory patent litigation by The Open Invention Network (OIN), a patent-holding group that uses its intellectual property portfolio to protect Linux. Zemlin says that the plot was thwarted, however, because “Microsoft got caught.”


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Sharp lança Smartbook com GNU/Linux no mercado japonês

2 09 2009

1720-5299A Sharp vai lançar já este mês de Setembro no mercado Japonês um Smartbook com o nome de PC-Z1.

Publicitado como um dispositivo tão fácil de usar como um telemóvel mas com a capacidade de processamento similar ao de um PC só me traz à memória os modelos da Asus, os “Eee PC”.

São pequeninos, leves e aparentemente não existe qualquer referencia a uma ligação Ethernet ou ficha VGA/DVI, pelo menos na Press Release oficial. Em relação ao preço este continua por anunciar.

Sendo um dispositivo móvel,  com a proliferação de HotSpots e  banda larga móvel, talvez tenham sido alguns dos factores a levar que a Sharp tenha optado por excluir o suporte Ethernet.

Estão previstos para este ano lançamentos de muitos dispositivos similares a este a correrem GNU/Linux e baseados em arquitectura ARM. Todos estes prometem longevidades de bateria até 10H, tempos de arranque muito baixos e a correr em SSD‘s na sua maioria.

Algumas das características do produto:

  • Installed OS:   Linux/Ubuntu 9.04 (Smartbook Remix for ARM-based systems, Sharp customized version)
  • LCD:   5-inch, widescreen TFT LCD (Wide-SVGA resolution, LED backlit, touch-screen)
  • CPU:  ARM i.MX51 multimedia applications processor manufactured by Freescale Semiconductor
  • Main memory:  512 MB (fixed)
  • Input devices: 68-key keyboard (key pitch: approx. 14 mm; key stroke: approx. 0.8 mm),
  • Quick Launch button
  • Pointing device:  Optical pointer (optical pointing device), touch-screen
  • Card slot:  microSD Memory Card/microSDHC Memory Card x 1 (16 GB max.)
  • nterfaces  Headphone output (3.5 mm-dia. stereo mini-jack) x 1,
    USB (USB 2.0 compatible) x 1,
    miniUSB (USB 2.0 compatible; miniAB connector) x 1
  • Storage memory:  Approx. 4 GB flash memory (user area: approx. 2 GB)
  • Battery operating time:  Approx. 10 hours
  • Communications function:  Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 b/g compatible)

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