Berlin, July 30, 2015 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 4.4.5, the fifth minor release of the LibreOffice 4.4 family, with over 80 fixes over the previous version. LibreOffice 4.4.5 is replacing LibreOffice 4.3.7 as the “still” version for more conservative users and enterprise deployments.
The Document Foundation suggests to deploy LibreOffice in enterprises and large organizations with the backing of professional support by certified people (a list is available at: http://www.documentfoundation.org/certification/).
People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.5/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.5/RC2 (fixed in RC2).
Register for the LibreOffice Conference
Registration for LibreOffice Conference 2015, which will be hosted by the Danish city of Aarhus from September 23 to September 25, is now open at the following page: http://conference.libreoffice.org/2015/registration/.
The LibreOffice community is growing, and the conference is the best opportunity to join the fun by meeting a large group of the people that have contributed to the success of the project: developers, and volunteers who have localized the suite, chased the bugs, written the manuals, spoken at conferences, and advocated LibreOffice both at global and local levels.
LibreOffice 4.4.5 is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/.
LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.
Parsix GNU/Linux, a live and installation DVD based on the testing packages from the Debian project that’s using GNOME as the desktop, is now at version 8.0 Test 2 and is ready for download and testing.
The Parsix Linux 8.0 has been dubbed Mumble, and it’s the first one to adopt the new GNOME 3.16 desktop environment, although it does come with some pretty significant customizations. Parsix is not known for adopting all the latest packages, and its developers have always be… (read more)
Ubuntu MATE devs recently decided to remove the Ubuntu Software Center from the default installation. The decision was met with some resistance, but a lot of users expressed their support for the removal of the Ubuntu Software Center. Now, the team has explained what are they putting in its place.
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Canonical has recently released a new OTA update for Ubuntu Touch and it brought a large number of new features and improvements, but also a nasty regression that caused the telephony function to fail on BQ phones and Nexus 4. That fix has finally landed.
The Ubuntu Touch OS has received quite a few OTA updates unti… (read more)
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Soren Jacobsen has announced the availability of the second release candidate for the upcoming NetBSD 7.0: “On behalf of the NetBSD project, it is my pleasure to announce the second release candidate of NetBSD 7.0. Some of the changes since 7.0_RC1 are: OpenSSL updated to 1.0.1p; BIND updated….
About Akademy 2015, A Coruña, Spain
For most of the year, KDE—one of the largest free and open software communities in the world—works online by email, IRC, forums and mailing lists. Akademy provides all KDE contributors the opportunity to meet in person to foster social bonds, work on concrete technology issues, consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and many other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the next year. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work bringing those plans to reality. The KDE Community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, and those that are looking for opportunities.
For more information, please contact The Akademy Team.
Video recordings of the Akademy talks are now available in a low quality version to enable them to be released quickly. Higher quality version will be available later.
Links to slides will also be added in the schedule as presenters upload them.
The Wine development release 1.7.48 is now available.
What’s new in this release:
On July 27, Canonical, the company behind the world’s most popular free operating system, Ubuntu Linux, has announced on one of their Twitter accounts that they launched a new campaigned targeted towards movie directors.
Entitled “Scopes, enter your content Wonderland,” the new Ubuntu Phone campaign calls all filmmakers to create video ads for the company’s Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, especially for Scopes.
“Create a video story that expresses the emotion, wond… (read more)
Robert Lange has announced the release of VectorLinux 7.1 “Light” edition, a Slackware-based distribution featuring the lightweight IceWM window manager: “Vector Linux Light 7.1 is released and available for download. The ‘lightness’ of this edition is relative to our Standard edition, and is achieved by using the lightweight….
On July 27, Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak sent in his daily report informing us all about the work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in the last couple of days, as well as to apologize for a regression introduced by the Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 update.
On July 27, ARNU Box (formerly Armada) had the great pleasure of informing Softpedia about the immediate availability for purchase of two new Pure Linux set-top box devices powered by the recently released Kodi 15.0 “Isengard” media center software (formerly XMBC Media Center).
Two new set-top boxes powered by the… (read more)
On July 27, the Google Chrome developers, through Alex Mineer, were excited to announce the promotion of the Google Chrome 45 web browser to the Beta channel for all supported computer operating systems, including Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.
Caolán McNamara, a renowned Red Hat engineer, has recently published some interesting details, claiming that he managed to get the well-known LibreOffice open-source office suite to run on the next-generation Wayland display server.
Electric Sheep Fencing LLC., through Chris Buechler, has announced the immediate availability for download of the fourth maintenance release of the pfSense 2.2 FreeBSD-based firewall software.
According to the release notes, pfSense 2.2.4 is an important release that patches multiple stored XSS vulnerabilities in the software’s web-based interface, fixes various issues with the tcp package, most… (read more)
The developers of the famous open-source Docker Linux container engine have recently announced that the first RC (Release Candidate) version of the anticipated Docker 1.8 app is now available for download and testing.
According to the comprehensive changelog, attached at the end of the article for reference, Docker 1.8.0 RC1 brings with it a vast array of new features and fixes many of the annoying bugs re… (read more)
On July 27, the developers of the famous Git open-source version control system were more than proud to announce the immediate availability for download of version 2.5.0 of Git.
According to the release notes, Git 2.5.0 is a major feature release that includes countless improvements to various areas of the software but also fixes some of the most annoying bugs reported by users since the previ… (read more)
I wrote an interesting editorial a while ago related to the Mr. Robot TV show that runs on the USA Network channel every Wednesday, starring Rami Malek as a computer hacker who goes by the name of Elliot.
At the point in time, I was very impressed with the level of information offered on the show about various open-s… (read more)