What will it take to merge LibreOffice and OpenOffice?
Ordinarily, I'm all for diversity in free software projects. However, I make an exception in the case of LibreOffice and OpenOffice. The sooner they become a single project, the better.
In other cases, I'm slow to accept arguments against duplication of projects. Combining projects does not automatically make for greater efficiency or quicker development; especially in the beginning, personalities can sabotage or even reverse any gains.
NHS rolls out Vendor Neutral Archive initiative to open source records
Linux Kernel 3.19.3 Released, Install/Update In Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Other Debian Based Distros
Linux Kernel 3.19.3 release has been announced by Greg KH. The release has several improvements and bug fixes. As always Greg KH recommended to upgrade to 3.19.3 kernel. You can update Linux Kernel 3.19.3 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Other debian based distributions.
Best KDE Distros, GNOME Resurgence, Ubuntu 15.04 Beta
It was a bit of a slow news day today without any big item overtaking the rest. Several folks celebrated the Ubuntu 15.04 Beta release and Danny Stieben discussed reasons for GNOME's resurgence. Martin Brinkmann asked "What is keeping you from switching to Linux?" Simon Phipps today discussed the challenges ahead for LibreOffice Online and Swapnil Bhartiya posted a slideshow of the top nine KDE distributions.
Lubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Is Not Using Systemd, Nor LXQt - Screenshot Tour
I'd like to make time for switching my main system but it is not there yet. What I plan to do is however use Linux on my laptop and get used to it this way. While it will take longer than a radical switch, it is the best I can do right now. Eventually though, I'd like to run all but one system on Linux and not Windows.
Also: Who’s Using, And Not Using, GNU/Linux Desktops
5 Surprising Reasons Behind The GNOME Resurgence
When the team behind GNOME came out with GNOME 3, which included the infamous GNOME Shell, the most popular desktop environment of the time saw a sharp decrease in users. And honestly, that trend is pretty easy to explain. When GNOME 3 initially came out, it was incomplete, buggy, and foreign. The concepts behind GNOME Shell were never before seen on a desktop system, and lots of users who were used to panels/taskbars and menus didn’t like the rather dramatic changes.