Tizen Rising: Can a $4M App Challenge Do the Trick?

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
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Annual WordPress Survey & WCSF

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 […]

The Linux Desktop Beauty Pageant, Round Eleventy

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.

Android’s Audacious Desktop Debut

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.

Open documents formats and LibreOffice at FISL 14

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 […]

The Document Foundation welcomes a new member of the Advisory Board: King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) of Saudi Arabia

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 […]

Microsoft’s Brilliant Idea: A Bug Bounty Program!

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!

LibreOffice community gets free e-mail, Jabber and SIP addresses @libreoffice.org

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 […]

Launching Maker Party 2013

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

Pondering Life in a PRISM World

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.

LibreOffice QA Team launch a Bug Triage Contest

The competition will run from June 20th to July 5th, 2013 Berlin, The Document Foundation announce a Bug Triage Contest to prepare for the announcement of LibreOffice 4.1. The event will last two weeks during the availability of the first release candidate of the office suite, from June 20th to July 5th, 2013. Details of […]

Testing the Faith of the Linux Masses

It doesn’t seem too big a stretch to say that fidelity is an increasingly rare virtue in the population at large. Can the same be said of the Linux masses? That’s just what TuxRadar apparently set out to learn recently via a thought-provoking Open Ballot. "Do you ever see yourself switching back to Windows or Mac OS X — or BSD, Solaris, or any other OS — and leaving Linux behind?" its query read.

Regione Umbria awarded for the migration to LibreOffice

LibreUmbria, the migration project of Regione Umbria to LibreOffice, has been awarded a prize for innovation – for metholodology and process – as one of top 10 Italian government projects in 2012/2013. The migration project has been launched in September 2012, and is documented on the project’s website at www.libreumbria.it (only in Italian). So far, […]

Canonical Declares Victory on Ubuntu’s No. 1 Bug

Declaring a thing may not make it so, but it certainly gets tongues wagging. Case in point: Canonical’s announcement last week that Ubuntu’s longstanding Bug No. 1 — which read simply, "Microsoft has a majority market share" — has now been closed. "We have both competition and good representation for open source in personal computing," said Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth.

Angst and Anxiety Over Ubuntu’s Chosen Path

After all the bold moves Canonical has made regarding Ubuntu in the past few years, it’s not exactly any secret that a significant portion of the Linux community remains unconvinced as to the wisdom of its chosen path. Indeed, it was just a few weeks ago that the project decided to launch its very own package format and installer, resulting in more than a few raised eyebrows among FOSS fans.

The Next 10 Starts Now

All around the globe today, people are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first WordPress release, affectionately known as #wp10. Watching the feed of photos, tweets, and posts from Auckland to Zambia is incredible; from first-time bloggers to successful WordPress-based business owners, people are coming out in droves to raise a glass and share the […]

Another Day, Another Distro: Antergos Linux Is Born

They say springtime is a season of rebirth and renewal. Not only have we seen the birth of Cloverleaf from the ashes of Fuduntu, but now Cinnarch has gone through a similar transformation. No real death was involved this time. Rather, the Arch-based distro decided to give the Cinnamon desktop at its foundation the proverbial boot, calling it "too much a burden to maintain/update going forward."

The Windows Kernel’s Achilles’ Heel

Life is like a roller coaster, as the popular saying goes, filled with both ups and downs. Here in the Linux blogosphere we’ve certainly experienced our share of downs in recent months — thanks in large part to a frustrating spate of FUD — but lately the clouds have parted and the sun is shining on Linux with full force once again.

Linux: The Gold Standard of Code

There are few things more gratifying to those of us here in the Linux blogosphere than seeing the many and varied virtues of our favorite operating system get officially recognized. It happens with increasing regularity these days, of course — after all, there are so very many virtues to consider — but recently an example emerged that has been warming FOSS fans’ hearts ever since.

Linux, Freedom and Cold Cash

Well it’s spring storm season in many parts of the world, so it should come as no great surprise that we’ve had some storms here in the Linux blogosphere as well. The latest example? None other than an intriguing poll about paying for Linux. Could you, would you, do you pay for Linux? the poll asked. The question had barely hit the airwaves when the stampede began.