Call to fix interoperability of office suites

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LibO
OOo

Last week Monday, five European public administrations published a new call for tender, to further improve interoperability between free and open source office suites and the ubiquitous proprietary alternative. This is the second time that the German cities of Munich, Leipzig and Jena, the Swiss Federal Court and the Swiss Federal IT Steering Unit have issued such a call. ICT specialists have until 30 April to submit proposals.

The office suites' interoperability project is again managed by the OSB Alliance, a trade group representing open source service providers from Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

According the alliance's press release, one of the main features to be developed concerns change tracking between open source and proprietary office suites. The public administrations issuing the call want to improve the specification of change tracking, and make this part of the Open Document Format ISO standard.

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TI’s Sitara SDK moves to mainline Linux

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Development
Linux

TI released Sitara Linux SDK 7.0, now based on the mainline Linux kernel. The SDK supports the Sitara AM355x, and coming soon, the new Sitara AM4x and AM5x.

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The Linux 3.14 Kernel Will Likely Be Released Today

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Development
Linux

While no official announcement has come down yet, the Linux 3.14 kernel will most likely be released in the hours ahead.

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Beautiful Zukitwo Theme Is the First One for GNOME 3.12

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GNOME

Zukitwo, a beautiful theme designed for GNOME 3.12 that makes use of the GTK2 engine Murrine and the GTK2 pixbuf engine, is now at version 2014.03.29.

The Zukitwo theme was updated shortly after the release of GNOME 3.12 and it’s probably the first theme to support the new version of GNOME. A lot of other themes will probably follow soon but, coincidentally, Zukitwo is also one of the best ones around.

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Why Linux Mint is a worthwhile Windows XP replacement

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GNU
Linux

First, Mint's Cinnamon interface can be set to look and act a lot like XP. Yes, you'll have a learning curve, but it's nothing like the one you'll face if you move to Windows 8 or Mac OS.

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Tech 101: What Is Open Source Software?

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OSS

The main question behind open source software is: Why would developers want to create software or contribute to another piece of software for free? For a lot of developers the answer is easy. They rely on some piece of open source software for their business so they have an active interest in supporting the community around that software.

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10 Free, Open-Source Replacements for Commercial Applications

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Linux

This is an overview providing 10 Linux open-source replacements for various commercial power tools, most of them available only on Windows.

digiKam Software Collection 4.0.0-beta4 is out..

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KDE

digiKam team is proud to announce the fourth beta release of digiKam Software Collection 4.0.0.

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Qt3D, QtOpenCL Spark New Interest

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Development

Qt3D is the Qt component that adds 3D support to Qt Quick for easily integrating 3D functionality. Qt3D has been in development for some time and was going to be an "essential" module to Qt 5.0 before being moved to just an add-on as part of Nokia's Qt changes prior to selling it to Digia. Qt3D offers up a lot of potential for 3D user-interfaces and applications, but hasn't seen too much work recently -- the last time we got to mention it was when talking about OpenGL taking on a greater role within Qt in late 2012.

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Red Hat Banking on OpenStack for Future Growth

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Red Hat
Server

Red Hat reported its full-year fiscal 2014 earnings late Thursday, showing continued momentum for the Linux server operating system business leader. As Red Hat looks for future growth, the open-source OpenStack cloud platform is front and center.

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NVIDIA's GeForce Driver On Ubuntu 14.04 Runs The Same As Windows 8.1

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Graphics/Benchmarks

The latest NVIDIA Windows driver at the time of testing was the 335.23 WHQL release while on the Linux side was the 334.21 driver. The graphics cards tested for this article included the GeForce GTX 680, GeForce GTX 750, and GeForce GTX 770. The system used for all testing was the Intel Core i7 4770K Haswell system. Windows 8.1 had all available updates at the time of testing as did our development version of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, which was running with the Linux 3.13 kernel and is in a near-final state. This testing is very straight forward and snafus are rare with the NVIDIA Linux graphics driver, so let's get straight to the data.

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A closer look at the final beta version of Ubuntu 14.04

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Ubuntu

Download Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr here. For the first time, every flavour of Ubuntu 14.04 (Desktop, Server, Edubuntu, Lubuntu, etc) has been approved for LTS status, meaning they'll all be supported for a minimum of three years, and some of them will be supported for five.

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Widows XP DOA on Apr 8th: FREE THIS ORPHAN !!!!

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GNU
Linux

Richard Stallman is the guru of computing freedom --and a great source. He started the "hack" movement as an outsider inside MIT during the Vietnam protesting era, and founded both the GNU software movement and the Free S/W Foundation.

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Valve Has Come A Long Way: 2 Years Ago They Were Linux Headhunting

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Gaming

Valve has come a long way in the past two years over the past two years with the introduction of Steam for Linux, porting of their games to Linux, the introduction of SteamOS, pushing of other game publishers to Linux, open-sourcing some game components, and much more.

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Benchmarking VirtIO Performance Within DigitalOcean's Cloud

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Graphics/Benchmarks

DigitalOcean's cloud makes it easy to enable/disable VirtIO when making a new droplet. VirtIO is designed to enhance I/O performance around block devices (storage) and network interfaces. In continuing from yesterday's article about trying out and benchmarking the DigitalOcean cloud, I ran some tests of the quad-core instance with 8GB of RAM and 80GB of storage with and without VirtIO.

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Calligra 2.8.1 Office Suite Is a Major Update

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KDE
Software

“The Calligra team has released version 2.8.1, the first of the bugfix releases of the Calligra Suite, and Calligra Active in the 2.8 series. This release contains a few important bug fixes to 2.8.0 and we recommend everybody to update,” reads the official announcement.

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Swedish Linux Users: Avoid Elgiganten

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GNU
Linux

As detailed here before, a few Samsung laptop models have a firmware bug that makes them liable to becoming inert bricks if you install Linux. It’s a one-way process. This happened to me when I bought an ultrabook from the Elgiganten big-box store last summer. Both Samsung and the store refused to reimburse me for the loss of my machine’s use. At the suggestion of my home municipality’s consumer advisor (konsumentrådgivare), I took the matter to Allmänna reklamationsnämnden, the National Board for Consumer Disputes (complaint no 2013-10081).

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Intel Adds Initial Cherryview Support To Their Linux 3D Driver

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Linux
Hardware

Cherryview Atom SoCs aren't being released for several months but the first bits of hardware enablement have landed within the open-source Mesa 3D Linux graphics driver. Cherryview with the Cherry Trail platform is the next-generation successor to the wonderful Bay Trail hardware.

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Do distrohoppers have too many choices?

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GNU
Linux

I'm of the mind that more choices are better than fewer choices. One of the best things about Linux is the sheer range of choices that are out there. There literally is a distribution for everybody, no matter how eclectic your taste in Linux might be. All it takes is a little elbow grease and a visit to DistroWatch, and you can find a Linux distribution that suits your needs.

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