Musk and Friends Launch OpenAI

The aim of OpenAI is to use artificial intelligence to benefit society. The fledgling project has drawn $1 billion in funding from some of high tech’s most recognizable names to help it achieve that goal. Investors include SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel, Y Combinator founding partner Jessica Livingston and President Sam Altman and AWS.

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #14

AcquU LibreOffice Presenter Screen is a useful tool for presenters, as the name implies. Unfortunately, only a minority of Impress users are leveraging this feature, which can be activated with a few easy steps:

  1. Open the Display (or Screen) control panel, and turn Mirroring Off.
  2. Configure the Impress Slide Show Settings with the menu Slide Show > Slide Show Settings, and in the Multiple Display area select the appropriate screen for the presentation (usually, it is named “screen number 2” or “alternate screen” or “secondary screen”).

  3. Launch the presentation hitting F5 or using the menu Slide Show > Start from First

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #12

Untitled 1 - LibreOffice Calc_001 LibreOffice Calc allows to select a large number of cells without using the mouse (which might be rather awkward if the area is extremely large). To select the area, it is necessary to enter the range in the Name Box. For instance, to select the cells between A1 and I20, as in the picture on the left, you enter A1:I20 and press Enter on the keyboard.…

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #11

tdf-lo447.odt - LibreOffice Writer_002

LibreOffice allows to add comments to Writer documents, with the menu Insert > Comment (shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+C). Comments can be added to a single word, a sentence, a paragraph, a link, or a specific point in the text. This feature is useful, for instance, to collect comments on a document before the final version. Comments have a different color for each user, to make it easier to attribute them to the right person. The down arrow on the right side of each comment allows to delete the single comment, all comments from an author, all comments from all authors, or to …

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #10

Find & Replace_001LibreOffice offers a powerful search and replace option of regular expressions – like, for instance, tabs, soft line breaks and empty paragraphs – based on the powerful International Components for Unicode (ICU) Regular Expressions engine. A complete list of the regular expressions can be found on the ICU Project website.

A list of the regular expressions most used by LibreOffice can be accessed via the dialog windows which opens when you enter Edit > Find & Replace… Clicking on the Other Options… arrow, you expand the list, from which you can select Regular Expressions. Hitting the Help button opens …

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #9

options

Libreoffice offers a number of different icon sets, which can be selected from the menu Tools > Options > LibreOffice > View. The default Linux icon set is called Human, while the default Windows icon set is called Tango.

Together with Galaxy and Oxygen, they have been the available options for quite a long time (although there have been several improvements to the design of the icons).

The modern Breeze and the monochromatic Sifr (the default icon set on MacOS X) are the new additions. Sifr has been introduced with LibreOffice 4.2, while Breeze has been announced with LibreOffice 5.0.…

Dan Mossor: How do you Fedora?

We recently interviewed Dan Mossor on how he uses Fedora. This is part of a series on the Fedora Magazine where we profile Fedora users and how they use Fedora to get things done. If you are interested in being… Continue Reading →

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #7

odf-guidance.odt - LibreOffice Writer_003LibreOffice Writer was born – as StarWriter – to produce lengthy documents, such as thesis and relations, and as such offers a number of specific features in this area. Two of the most important are Templates and Styles, which facilitate the creation of good looking documents, and make it easier to reproduce a standard document once the layout – including Styles – has been defined and consolidated. LibreOffice offers an almost hidden feature to produce a Template, which can be accessed from the menu File > Send > Create Master Document. This opens a “save as…” dialog window, which allows …

Jamie Duncan: How do you Fedora?

We recently interviewed Jamie Duncan on how he uses Fedora. This is part of a series on the Fedora Magazine where we profile Fedora users and how they use Fedora to get things done. If you are interested in being… Continue Reading →

Creating a laser light show with Fedora

Every day, people are making all kinds of incredible software powered by Fedora. The Fedora user community is broad and diverse, and sometimes, we hear about things that we never imagined possible. Rochester Institute of Technology student and Fedora user… Continue Reading →

Celebrating Software Freedom Day 2015

“Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Our goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home,… Continue Reading →

Introducing the Fedora Community Blog

Today, the Fedora Project is proud to announce the launch of a new publication platform for Fedora contributors: the Fedora Community Blog. The Fedora Community Blog intends to better connect the different projects, groups, and efforts going on in the… Continue Reading →

System 76 Unleashes Wild Dog Pro

System 76 has announced its latest desktop release, Wild Dog Pro, with a range of high-end customizable configurations to enhance video editing and media creation, software engineering, CAD, and high-end performance for demanding games. It comes preinstalled with Ubuntu 15.10, and the default desktop environment is Unity. However, users can install other Linux distros and desktop environments.

Ex-Maintainer Bemoans Linux Kernel Community’s ‘Toxic Background Radiation’

Longtime Linux kernel developer Sarah Sharp last week published a blog post detailing her reasons for quitting the Linux kernel community. Sharp maintained the USB 3.0 host controller driver until January, when she decided to leave rather than continue to “contribute to a community where I was technically respected, but I could not ask for personal respect,” she wrote.

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Linux Foundation Security Checklist: Have It Your Way

The Linux Foundation’s recently published security checklist may draw more attention to best practices for protecting Linux workstations, even if IT pros do not embrace all of its recommendations. Konstantin Ryabitsev, the foundation’s director of collaborative IT services, developed the list for the use of LF remote sysadmins, to harden their laptops against attacks.

Linux Foundation Wants to Pin a Badge on Secure Open Source Software

The Core Infrastructure Initiative last week announced a program that will offer badges to open software developers who follow best practice software development and security procedures. The CII project enables technology companies, industry stakeholders and software developers to collaborate on the identification and funding of critical open source projects in need of assistance.

Fork Release Intensifies Bitcoin Community Bitterness

A full release of Bitcoin XT just became available, heaping fuel on the fire spreading throughout the community. One site went so far as to ban XT-related posts, resulting in allegations that a small cabal had taken control and was suppressing discussion and dissent. The cause of all the furor is a dispute over how to ensure that the Bitcoin system’s capacity keeps up with its rapid growth.

Open Mainframe Project Pushes Linux’s Limits

The Linux Foundation on Monday announced the formation of the Open Mainframe Project to advance the development of Linux on the mainframe among academia, government and corporate partners. The foundation announced the software consortium at the LinuxCon/CloudOpen/ContainerCon gathering in Seattle. The project will create a set of tools and resources to drive further collaboration and improvements.

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