The days of summer may be dwindling at last here in the Linux blogosphere, but that doesn’t mean things are cooling off. No indeed, the unseasonably scorching temperatures have been matched only by the sizzling nature of the news — in particular, Ballmer is out, and Microsoft is purchasing Nokia! More than a few Linux bloggers have been stuck in the doldrums, truth be told.
It seems like only yesterday that we here in the Linux blogosphere were celebrating Linux’s 20th birthday, but now here we are, two years later. Linux has reached the ripe old age of 22, and its creator — Linus Torvalds — marked the occasion in characteristically understated fashion. Specifically, echoing his original message from 1991, Torvalds published a similarly worded note late last month.
It’s not often we here in the Linux blogosphere must cope with death — figuratively speaking — in the projects and products we love. After all, when it’s open source, what may "die" one day will likely be reborn the next as something new thanks to the beauty of forking, among other things. Just recall Fuduntu — it may have closed its doors earlier this year, but soon afterwards Cloverleaf was born.
There once was a time when Windows users could feel relatively safe and secure as they made their online excursions around the World Wide Web. Those days ended relatively quickly, of course, followed soon afterwards by a similar waning of confidence on the Mac side. For those of us who prefer Linux, however, the Age of Innocence — as one might call it — has lasted much longer.
What a difference a day makes, as the old saying goes — or, perhaps more aptly here in the Linux community, what a difference an app makes. Which app, you may ask? Why that would be Microsoft Office for Android, of course — the arrival of which a few weeks ago has caused no shortage of jubilation in the Linux blogosphere. "It looks like Linus has won," noted a recent article.
Fans of Ubuntu will have to be forgiven if they’ve been a little distracted lately. After all, exactly two weeks ago Canonical launched its crowdfunding campaign for the new Ubuntu Edge smartphone. It’s not just any crowdfunding campaign, of course — it’s a big one. Really big — to the tune of $32 million. No one ever said Mark Shuttleworth lacked ambition.
The current budget of the the Document Foundation reserved some funds to provide the most active members of the LibreOffice QA team with TDF-owned netbooks. These netbooks where specifically selected to be configured with a platform the volunteer does not use on his primary machine, thereby allowing these volunteers to have multiple native platforms at […]
The dog days of summer may best be endured at a leisurely pace, but for those of us here in the sweltering Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, that simply hasn’t been an option. Far from being the lazy month many typically expect, July has brought not only a fiery debate over codes of conduct among kernel programmers but also the launch of Canonical’s ambitious Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding campaign.
Anyone who has ever spent five minutes in the Linux blogosphere is probably already well-aware of Linux creator Linus Torvalds’ propensity for speaking his mind in the plainest of terms. It was just slightly more than a year ago, after all, that he dropped an
I still remember the second I pushed the “send” button of the very first TDF press release, on September 28, 2010. A simple gesture, and a giant leap forward for the free office suite ecosystem. On that day, though, the feeling was completely different. With some friends, I have made the following parallel to give […]
It’s no secret that humans tend to be motivated by cash, and developers are no exception — heck, even Microsoft knows that! Little wonder, then, that Linux developers took in the latest from the Tizen project with such interest. “Tizen is a brand new ecosystem, with a brand new store,” the
It’s time for our third annual user and developer survey! If you’re a WordPress user, developer, or business, we want your feedback. Just like previous years, we’ll share the data at the upcoming WordCamp San Francisco (WCSF). Results will also be sent to each survey respondent. It only takes a few minutes to fill out […]
Well the Fourth of July may have come and gone for another year here in the Land of Stars and Stripes, but for Linux fans, every day is Independence Day. Freedom from the dictates of a few giant software behemoths is what we celebrate each and every time we use our computers, not to mention the world of user choice that comes along with that freedom.
Well temperatures have climbed discouragingly of late here in the Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, with the result that there’s been standing room only down at the frostily air-conditioned Broken Windows Lounge. Linux Girl’s most dreaded month is upon us, so it’s time to hunker down with a chilly beverage and while away the dog days of summer chewing the fat with fellow FOSS fans.
By Gustavo Pacheco The 14th edition of the International Forum on Free Software FISL 14, from July 3rd to 6th in Porto Alegre, Brazil, will carry several LibreOffice and OpenDocument Formats (ODF) activities. This year, the good news are the participation of Italo Vignoli (Italy) and Bjoern Michaelsen (Germany) who will talk on the adoption […]
Berlin, June 25, 2013 – The Document Foundation announces that King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) of Saudi Arabia is now an effective member of its Advisory Board. KACST sponsors the National Program for Free and Open Source Software Technologies (Motah: http://www.motah.org.sa/), which has been contributing to LibreOffice for almost one year, to […]
It may be largely a locked-down PRISM world we’re living in today, but that doesn’t mean those of us here in the Linux blogosphere can’t still have a little fun once in a while — especially if it’s at Microsoft’s expense. The latest opportunity? Well, get this: Microsoft had a really good idea recently. *Really* good! Redmond has decided to… wait for it… launch a bug bounty program!
The Document Foundation (TDF), the charitable entity behind LibreOffice, the leading free office suite, today announces the upcoming availability of @libreoffice.org addresses for its members, starting July 1st. To foster the rapidly growing community and help it with their daily engagement, the foundation will provide a variety of free services under this domain. As of […]
Let’s get this party started! Mozilla has officially kicked off Maker Party 2013! For the next three months, people around the world will meet up at great events, make cool stuff and share it all online. The goal: host a … Continue reading
Not a single week goes by here in the Linux blogosphere without some assortment of news and events to keep life interesting. It’s not often, however, that something comes along with the magnitude of PRISM. Linux Girl was comfortably ensconced on her favorite barstool when the news broke down at the Punchy Penguin Saloon, and it’s been chaos ever since.