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KDE Releases Calligra Suite 2.8

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:11:52 +0000

The Calligra team is proud and pleased to announce the release of version 2.8 of the Calligra Suite, Calligra Active and the Calligra Office Engine. Major new features in this release are comments support in Author and Words, improved Pivot tables in Sheets, improved stability and the ability to open hyperlinks in Kexi.

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A First - KDE and the Outreach Program for Women

Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:48:56 +0000

The KDE Community participated in the Outreach Program for Women (OPW) for the first time this year. It was more successful than expected. KDE got many great applications and mentored 4 students contributing to Free Software. The Outreach Program for Women encourages women to get involved in free and open source software.

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Open Speech Initiative announced

Sun, 13 Oct 2013 22:29:52 +0000

Peter Grasch, under the KDE umbrella, is building up a team of developers and researchers looking to bring first class speech processing to the world of free software.

NVIDIA to partially open up their GPU specification

Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:04:33 +0000

Yesterday NVIDIA announced that they are supporting Nouveau development by providing documentation on certain aspects of their GPUs. This is good for the Open Source community – but their competitors still provide much more.

Has the NSA "poisoned the well" for responsible disclosure?

Sat, 15 Jun 2013 16:51:13 +0000

Revelations about the PRISM project involve US tech companies that have been compelled to provide special assistance to US intelligence agencies. Will secret arrangements between tech companies and US intelligence affect how independent security researchers disclose vulnerabilities?

WPA2 is vulnerable (hole196)

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:53:02 +0000

Do you think your wireless communications are secure? Think again. There is a vulnerability built into the WPA2 protocol itself! It's based on abusing the GTK (Group Temporal Key) and can be used to create man-in-the-middle and denial-of-service attacks. Too few people know this.

City of Munich: "Migration to sustainable desktop completed successfully"

Tue, 28 May 2013 11:06:50 +0000

Munich is now using a unified desktop system, Limux, its own distribution based on Ubuntu GNU/Linux on 14,000 of its total 15,000 desktops, spread over 51 offices across the city. That is 2,000 more than it's intended goal of using Limux on 80 % of its desktops.

Using Solr With TYPO3 On Debian Wheezy

Wed, 22 May 2013 10:42:49 +0000

TYPO3's default search extension called "Indexed Search" is fine for small web sites, but if your web site is bigger (> 500 pages), it is getting very slow. Fortunately, you can replace it with a search extension that uses the ultra-fast Apache Solr search server. This tutorial explains how to use Apache Solr with TYPO3 on Debian Wheezy.

Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write

Tue, 14 May 2013 15:31:57 +0000

Anyone who uses Skype has consented to the company reading everything they write. The H's associates in Germany at heise Security have now discovered that the Microsoft subsidiary does in fact make use of this privilege in practice. Shortly after sending HTTPS URLs over the instant messaging service, those URLs receive an unannounced visit from Microsoft HQ in Redmond.

FSF certifies ThinkPenguin USB Wifi adapter with Atheros chip to be free software friendly

Wed, 01 May 2013 05:51:27 +0000

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to the TPE-N150USB Wireless N USB Adapter, sold by ThinkPenguin. The RYF certification mark means that the product meets the FSF's standards in regard to users' freedom, control over the product, and privacy. The TPE-N150USB can be purchased from

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Switching govnerment desktops to FOSS saves a projected 5000€ per year

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:20:48 +0000

Cenatic, Spain's open source center, has published a model to help calculate cost savings that are possible by switching to free and open source software on desktop PCs. Switching a basic government desktop PC configuration to free and open source, for example, will save some 5000 euro per desktop per year, Cenatic's model shows.

Don’t let the myths fool you: the W3C’s plan for DRM in HTML5 is a betrayal to all Web users.

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:38:58 +0000

The Free Culture Foundation has posted a thorough response to the most common and misinformed defenses of the W3C's Extended Media Extensions (EME) proposal to inject DRM into HTML5. The FCF counters the three most common myths by unpacking some quotes which explain that 1.) DRM is not about protecting copyright. That is a straw man.

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A call to arms for obfuscated bridges

Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:57:29 +0000

Fresh obfuscated Tor bridges are needed more than ever, since they are the only way for people to access Tor in some areas of the world (like China, Iran and Syria). But it is not the same as an exit node.

ARM says its chips and GNU/Linux will sweep the industry

Sat, 06 Apr 2013 21:18:49 +0000

Vendors, according to ARM, are looking to standardize on one chip architecture and a single operating system such as GNU/Linux across their product lines. ARM claims it is the only one that scales from smartphones all the way up to servers.

GNU and Linux: It's Not Just About Attribution But Also Philosophy

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 00:18:29 +0000

What the argument over the names often boils down to is philosophy, not just attribution or credit. GNU was created with software freedom in mind. Linux, in its genesis, was proprietary until it adopted the GNU GPL licence and then became mainstream.

Avoid being locked in as Microsoft turns off Windows Messenger

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 02:54:43 +0000

On April 8, Microsoft will discontinue its Windows Messenger service. All current users will be switched to Skype. The Free Software Foundation Europe advises former users of Windows Messenger to take this as an opportunity to embrace Open Standards such as Jabber (XMPP) instead of switching to Skype.

Hispalinux takes Microsoft to EC re UEFI Secure Boot

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:13:21 +0000

Hispalinux’s complaint called the implementation of UEFI Secure Boot an “obstruction mechanism” and “a de facto technological jail for computer booting systems.”

NetBSD turns 20 years old

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:30:15 +0000

NetBSD has turned 20 years old, based on the initial CVS commit dated from March 1993. Congratulations and wishing many more year to come.

9 Google Reader alternatives

Sat, 16 Mar 2013 03:47:24 +0000

If you are in search of an alternative for Google Reader, this article offers a list to choose from. They have been listed under three categories – Desktop, Self-hosted, and Web service. Three are under each category, and are the ones I’ve either used in the past, or have read about.

2012 Free Software Award winners announced

Sun, 24 Mar 2013 06:25:50 +0000

Free Software Foundation president Richard M. Stallman announced the winners of the FSF's annual Free Software Awards at a ceremony held during the LibrePlanet 2013 conference.

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