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Kolab Now Is a Smooth On-Ramp for LibreOffice Online

58 min 22 sec ago

As cloud popularity grows, so does the collection of free or low-cost online office tools that services like Microsoft Office Online and Google Docs/G Suite provide.

However, those two major league offerings, along with a swarm of other cloud-based productivity platforms, are proprietary. Open source vendors have been promising a free open source online alternative. Until now, online open source office suites have been little more than vaporware.

You can get your document work done fine using an open source local installation. Exchanging documents via email attachments or shared links to files stored on Dropbox and other cloud storage farms work reasonably well for low-level collaborative team tasks.

However, the inconvenience factor kicks in very quickly when you try to handle collaborative tasks and need access to a continual stream of live edits. That is when a cloud-based open source office suite is sorely missed.

Kolab Systems last month announced Kolab Now, a full-featured online office suite. The launch had the blessing of The Document Foundation, which gave up on fulfilling promises for a free open source online version of the LibreOffice suite it sponsors.

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Wine Staging 2.15

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SUSE Now Offers Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications on the Google Cloud

Wed, 2017-08-23 23:56

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is now available as the operating system for SAP solutions on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), allowing enterprise customers to become more agile and reduce operating costs by only paying for what they use

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Open source professionals are more in demand than ever

Wed, 2017-08-23 23:50

So, you want a technology job, do you? Then you should work on your open-source skills because that's where the jobs are. According to Dice, the leading technology job site, and The Linux Foundation, opportunities for open-source professionals are abound, as companies strive to improve efficiency and cut time to market.

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Zorin OS 12.1 Lite, the Xfce one

Wed, 2017-08-23 23:46

Zorin OS 12.1 Lite is the first distribution from the Zorin team featuring Xfce desktop environment. Maybe that's the reason why I was not too convinced with its stability.

Apart from the issue with Parole player that I mentioned above, I also received a black screen during my Live run of this operating system. The system restored after few seconds, but I was forced to enter the username (guess it: zorin without password), and all the open applications were closed.

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5 Reasons Linux Is Now a Great Option for Anyone

Wed, 2017-08-23 23:42

With the rise of cloud services, more of us are now encountering Linux at work. People know it’s great for developers and does a good job of keeping the internet up and running — but why would anyone want to use Linux at home?

At best, mentioning you run Linux might make people think you’re a hacker. More than likely, they might think you’re a bit weird. At least that’s how it is in the much of the U.S., where Windows is king and macOS is the only other option most people know exist.

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Touch-panel PCs run Raspbian on Raspberry Pi CM3

Wed, 2017-08-23 23:39

Comfile has launched two IP65 protected, resistive touch panel PCs with 7- and 10.2-inch 800 x 480 displays, built around the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3.

In February, Saelig Co. announced distribution of Janz Tec’s Raspberry Pi 3-based emPC-A/RPI3 industrial controller. Now, Saelig has launched North American distribution of Korea-based Comfile’s ComfilePi line of touch panel computers built around the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3) computer-on-module version of the Raspberry Pi 3.

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today's leftovers

Wed, 2017-08-23 18:24

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Kernel and Graphics: Linux 4.13, FP64, Inputfd

Wed, 2017-08-23 18:23

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Kubuntu and Ubuntu Leftovers

Wed, 2017-08-23 18:22
  • Help needed testing newest bugfix release of Plasma on Kubuntu 17.04

    Are you using Kubuntu 17.04, our current release? Help us test a new bugfix release for KDE Plasma! Go here for more details: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/EnableProposed.

    Unfortunately that page illustrates Xenial and Ubuntu Unity rather than Zesty in Kubuntu. Using Discover or Muon, use Settings > More, enter your password, and ensure that Pre-release updates (zesty-proposed) is ticked in the Updates tab.

  • Ubuntu Sees Sense, Will Support Indicator Applets in Ubuntu 17.10

    Ubuntu 17.10 will have GNOME Shell indicator applet support by default. Hurrah for sanity! The results of the GNOME desktop user survey made it crystal clear that, alongside a visible desktop dock, Ubuntu uses want legacy system tray icons to sit in the GNOME Shell top bar, alongside the main system menu.

  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 517

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #517 for the week of August 15 – 21, 2017, and the full version is available here.

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OSS Leftovers

Wed, 2017-08-23 18:14
  • Asian telcos forging ahead with open source NFV

    Telcos in Asia Pacific are engaged in what ABI Research describes as an NFV ‘flurry’. It claims the CSPs are actively virtualizing their network architectures and to find that out ABI hints it may have been tracking developments in the way that analysts and technical journalists do in other open source-dominated sectors. By peeking into the open source communities’ repositories and information exchanges to get a feel for what’s going on.

    Nothing wrong with that. It’s ‘open’ after all and expect to read more of this approach in the months and years ahead as Open Source NFV really starts to take hold.

  • Open source security software on GovCloud

    Netgate, provider of open source firewalls and security gateways, has announced the availability of its pfSense firewall on Amazon’s GovCloud (US).

    The AWS GovCloud Marketplace enables government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profits to discover software that can support their cloud-based regulated workloads. It is an isolated AWS region designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud, assisting customers who have government, education, or non-profit compliance requirements.

  • Open source EHR platform tailored to treat Ebola patients

    An open-source electronic health record system developed to treat Ebola patients during the recent epidemic in West Africa is being touted as a potential solution for clinical data collection in highly infectious environments and resource-constrained healthcare settings.

  • Microsoft and Red Hat collaborate to boost enterprise container adoption [Ed: Someone should remind Red Hat about Munich and Microsoft's patent lawsuits]
  • Microsoft .NET Core 2.0 Available on Red Hat’s Linux and Cloud Offerings
  • .NET Core 2 Brings Visual Basic to Linux and macOS [Ed: A .NET 'trial version' (taster for proprietary framework with back doors and telemetry)]
  • When Good Containers Go Bad [Ed: Shame on the Linux Foundation for promoting (for money) an anti-FOSS firm Black Duck. Black Duck gives some money to the Linux Foundation, which then pays someone to write a puff piece for Black Duck.]
  • t2k17 Hackathon Report: Ian Sutton on ARM progress
  • If you’re a startup, you should not use React (reflecting on the BSD + patents license)

    Facebook is nearly alone in the industry in the use of this license. Here is the article. Judge for yourself.

  • 3Blades Launches Open-Source Data Science Platform with Tool-Agnostic Integration at Jupytercon

    Hugo Contreras-Palacios, Ph.D., a Data Scientist at Stanley Black & Decker says, "In this quickly changing environment where ongoing skill development is critical, 3Blades has become an essential learning tool that allows our staff to experience big data technologies and techniques instead of just reading about them. At the end of their course, once they develop big data skills, 3Blades provides a collaborative environment where they can quickly begin applying what they have learned. The open source code base and easy to use API made it simple to integrate 3Blades safely into our internal environment. Thank you, 3Blades!"

  • Sweden Archives assists with govt document reuse

    The National Archives proposes to publish the lists of public sector documents in the country’s national open data portal, Öppna Data.

  • Negotiations with Elsevier: The crucial issues for the FinELib consortium

     

    Unfortunately, there has been no breakthrough in the negotiations. The crucial issues for the negotiations are cost development and open access. The FinELib consortium’s view differs from Elsevier’s on both issues.  

  • Open Source Turtle Rover Robot Land Drone Launches On Kickstarter (video)

    An interesting new open source robot has been launched by a Kickstarter today which takes the form of the Turtle Rover created by Kell Ideas. The robot land drone chassis can be equipped with a wide variety of different modules including a robotic arm, HD camera and more.

    The remote-controlled robot rover can be used to explore those small unattainable areas and can be programmed using the revolutionary open platform and adapted to suit your very own requirements.

  • Interview with Chris Korda: 3D printing pottery, open-source software and activism

    Chris Korda is an activist, techno musician and software developer. She is credited with developing programs for the world’s first color 3D printer in 2004 during her term at Z Corporation, which was bought by 3D Systems in January 2012.

  • Foundation Java EE: The Community Reacts

    Oracle Corp. grabbed headlines last week with a post on The Aquarium blog, in which the steward of Java proposed moving Java EE to an open source foundation, such as the Eclipse Foundation or the Apache Software Foundation.

    The post reads: "We believe that moving Java EE technologies, including reference implementations and test compatibility kit, to an open source foundation may be the right next step, in order to adopt more agile processes, implement more flexible licensing, and change the governance process."

  • Java EE To Get Open Source Foundation

    Oracle intends to move stewardship of Java EE (Enterprise Edition) to a third party existing foundation after the official release of Java EE 8 later this year.

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Fedora and Red Hat Leftovers

Wed, 2017-08-23 17:11

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Security: NHS Windows Nightmare Resumes, Deep-Insert Skimmers and More

Wed, 2017-08-23 17:09
  • NHS ransomware: 'WannaCry' ransomware hits LG self-service kiosks

     

    [...] Microsoft [...]

  • Dumping Data from Deep-Insert Skimmers
  • How I Accidentally Framed Myself for a Hacking {sic} Frenzy

     

    It’s well known that some websites are vulnerable to IP address spoofing because they trust a user-supplied HTTP header like X-Forwarded-For to accurately specify the visitor’s IP address. However, until recently there was no widely known reliable way of identifying this vulnerability. During my recent Cracking the Lens research, I noticed that it was possible to identify this vulnerability by spoofing a domain name instead of a raw IP address, and observing whether the server attempts to resolve this domain to an IP address.

  • Hackers {sic} turn family robots into weapons and spying tools

     

    "The worry is that people continue to think of these devices as gimmicks and toys, not potentially dangerous devices that may be used to spy on their loved ones or even hurt them," said Lucas Apa, prinicpal security consultant at IOActive.

  • Spend until you're secure

    This is a huge problem in many organizations. If you don't know what would happen if you lowered or increased your security spending you're basically doing voodoo security. You can imagine many projects and processes as having a series of inputs that can be adjusted. Things like money, time, people, computers, the list could go on. You can control these variables and have direct outcomes on the project. More people could mean you can spend less money on contractors, more computers could mean less time spent on rendering or compiling. Ideally you have a way to find the optimal levels for each of these variables resulting in not only a high return on investment, but also happier workers as they can see the results of their efforts.

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today's howtos

Wed, 2017-08-23 17:07

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Games: The Escapists 2, XCOM 2, Immortal Redneck

Wed, 2017-08-23 17:05

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Librem 13 laptop review: physical security for the paranoid

Wed, 2017-08-23 16:22

Every time I've used a Linux computer — at least, a Linux computer that's not hidden behind the sheen of Chrome or Android — it's been the exact same story: nothing ever works right the first time. So I was both excited and a little scared when I was offered a Librem 13 laptop from Purism. The $1,399 ($1,537 as tested) Librem 13 runs PureOS out of the box, Purism's security-focused version of Linux. That means all the initial hurdles of getting Linux running on a system were solved for me. I wouldn't have to worry about whether or not my Wi-Fi chipset was supported, or installing the right graphics drivers. All I have to do is just use the dang thing.

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Didier Roche: Ubuntu GNOME Shell in Artful: Day 7

Wed, 2017-08-23 16:16

Today’s change will be about one of our last transformation (non visual but in term of feature) on our journey on transforming the default session in Ubuntu Artful. For more background on this, you can refer back to our decisions regarding our default session experience as discussed in my blog post.

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