Monthly Archives: September 2015

GNU/Linux Breaks Out On Desktops In Palau

 See Top 7 Desktop OSs in Palau from 30 Aug to 28 Sept 2015Wow! Palau may be tiny but apparently Palauans love GNU/Linux. I guess they were tired of having PCs that slowed down under their burden of malware while … Continue reading

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Five years of LibreOffice

“the group of 16 founders launched an independent free software project under the stewardship of The Document Foundation, to fulfil the promise made by Sun ten years before – at the time of the first announcement of OpenOffice.org – of … Continue reading

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GNU/Linux Advances In China

“NeoKylin is starting to be considered a legitimate option even for users outside the government. Workers in the entire city of Siping switched to it. Over 40% of commercial PCs sold by Dell in China are running NeoKylin, the company … Continue reading

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Price – One Measure Of Lock-in

“A one-time purchase of Office 2016 — for either Windows PCs or Macs — costs $149 for the Office Home & Student; $229 for the Office Home and Business; and $399 for Office Professional.…A subscription to Office 365 Personal — … Continue reading

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Linux 4.1 is a longterm kernel.

Greg Kroah-Hartman: “I’ll be maintaining 4.1 for the next two years, proving that after a decade of doing stable kernels, I still do not know any better.” See Linux-Kernel Archive: [website PATCH] 4.1 is a longterm kernel.Linus said it a while … Continue reading

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FLOSS OSs Break Out In Gibraltar

 See Top 7 Desktop OSs in Gibraltar from 1 to 24 Sept 2015What is it about islands that allow them to plunge into FLOSS unlike most larger countries? Here’s another. Gibraltar moved from almost nothing to ~16% GNU/Linux desktops this … Continue reading

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Moral Obligation = Conscience, Trump

Last week, Trump was at a “town hall” meeting when some nutcase started prattling about Muslims being a problem and that POTUS was a Muslim. He even suggested getting rid of Muslims. In the face of this “question” Trump responded … Continue reading

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New Is Here

Yesterday, Friday, 2015-09-18, Android/Linux was over the face of the deep and covered the Earth, Asia and Africa at least, 75% of the World’s population. We’re there. That graph from StatCounter is for all kinds of devices, too, desktop, smartphones, … Continue reading

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To Underscore Or Not To Underscore, That Is The Question

For years, I’ve been annoyed by a mistake made back in 2008. Somehow, I created two tags for articles, “market share”, and “market_share”. Today, I decided to fix that so folks searching one or the other would find the whole … Continue reading

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GNU/Linux Touted As Safe Replacement For Illegal Software In Bangladesh

“Replacement of pirated software by free/open-source equivalents has effectively saved Kazi Farms Group and Dhaka Tribune from any worry of potential future piracy raids and arrests. It has also saved a total of 800 x 40,000 = Tk3.2cr ($400,000) in … Continue reading

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LibreOffice Installations In EU Governments Approach One Million

“Total cost of ownership (including exit costs) must continue to be considered by government organisations on a case by case basis. In the same way, transition costs from current technology to meet ODF requirements cannot be included in cost assessments, … Continue reading

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Making FLOSS The Default Option Helps Procurement For Government

“The Italian military is transitioning to LibreOffice and the Open Document Format (ODF). The Ministry of Defense will over the next year-and-a-half install this suite of office productivity tools on some 150,000 PC workstations – making it Europe’s second largest … Continue reading

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