Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros
If you work full time for a company in France, you get 5 weeks of paid vacations. It's the law. And as far as productivity goes, 5 weeks of rest is probably not even enough... Though if employers were reasonnable about it in the first place, it wouldn't have to be in the law...
Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?
I've been looking for myself, and one that stood out was the Xperia Z1 compact from sony. My primary issue was the battery endurance, but it seems to be able to get all the frequencies required by 4G..
Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?
Oh no. Don't forget training. Training is required (heck, it'd be required if considering upgrading to Windows 8). Unless you're working with IT people that could adapt themselves, never, ever forget about training. Going on Linux is a good way to escape the ~200$ upgrade fee to 8 (7 isn't exactly a good long term strategy) and to make the step in the open source way of things, but don't think that because it looks the same and they can do the same things, they will without having someone holding their hands at first.
And of course, make sure that there is no part of the workflow that requires proprietary software that could not run, or not have a viable alternative (by viable, I mean, that the users can handle without looking back) on Linux.
I made the switch for all our sales people at $WORK, and even the boss, but you need to show them at least how to get the minimal stuff done, or you'll get as much (if not more) support to handle than on Windows. Which shouldn't be the plan. 2 years after the switch, I can say mission accomplished, the only thing I was asked about were alternatives way of doing things they couldn't figure out just by googling it (and probably couldn't have on Windows either anyway). But we mostly use LibreOffice, Firefox & Thunderbird, so there was no real software compatibilities issues.
Gate One 1.1 Released: Run Vim In Your Browser
Boeing Proposes Using Gas Clouds To Bring Down Orbital Debris
Hey.. Not sure about that one, but it's been a long time since I actually felt that a "cloud" mentionned on Slashdot might prove useful!
But then I read it was about a gas cloud.. Not some vapor- oh wait..
Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?
I bought a Kindle.. And I now read a lot more than I used to, though it's especially in the train.. The e-ink display is really far ahead of the other technologies, and is really comfortable. Battery is never an issue, and the experimental browser is not too bad for news reading either.. The included dictionnary is really nice, as well as the nice wikipedia integration (especially while reading foreign litterature with local names and such..)
Then, you have 2 cons mainly.. a) PDF.. already mentionned here, but even if there are workarounds, it's mainly terrible.. b) the format.. can't really be happy with the amazon ebook format, but well, it works ®..
I'm happy with my Kindle, and as it's not a smart-tab-computer-coffee-machine, it's actually a lot better to stay focused on what you're reading, which enabled me to actually... read faster ;)
Microsoft's Antivirus Briefly Flags Google.com As Malicious
Google already flagged MS France as malicious 2 years ago: http://gilouweb.com/bordel/google_truth.png (Ce site risque d'endommager votre ordinateur meaning: this website might harm your computer)
So I guess it's only revenge ;)
LibreOffice 3.5 Released
Thought the same, and the obligatory xkcd reference: http://xkcd.com/619/ ;)
In total, I've downloaded X Linux ISOs, where X= ...
How Can I Contribute To Open Source?
I totally agree with your point of view. I think that there are many reasons our administrations should require opensource for their projects:
- there is a real public audit of the software, should it still be developped by a selected corporation
- money is not lost for private parties, as in, they are many things that could benefit other people, companies.. If it's the taxpayers' money, what can be more transparent to give it back this way to them?
- it lowers the risk of lock-ins for the administrations, that usually end by costing a lot more when you need to buy again a new solution 3 years later..
I think there is a lot to write & tell about how the many general reasons to endorse opensource could be adapted to the government / administration specifics, in terms of local economy growth, global service & quality improvement of software, ability to share more easily the load between cities/states/whatever and so on..
Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala
The article sounds indeed more like a rant made public about a problem. Of course, this doesn't deny there is problems with 9.10, but heh, it was in alpha/beta, as the others, and nothing really "that serious" was pointed out I think. Anyway, people ranting loudly enough to make it to The Register may learn that they can also participate in testing the releases..
As for my story, I was running 9.10 since alpha, and it went quite nicely.. Minor pulseaudio glitches that were solved over time and so on. At work and on my laptop, I've upgraded from Jaunty to Karmic when offered to do so by the update manager, and it went nicely too. No problem here, not even a dependency issue, it really went fine, and 2.6.31 is really nice to my setups ;)
About all this issue.. I can't help but think it's more a PR prank than a real spotted issue.. The bugtracker doesn't tell that "that many" users are impacted, and also, that it may be more due to a ATI-card weirdness.. Heh. Not ubuntu's fault in the end, even if they could have worked around it..
Church of Scientology Proposes Net Censorship In Australia
That one http://www.venganza.org/ ?
Open Source Facing a Difficult Battle For Cloud Relevance
What about incentives like Niftyname, an opensource HaaS system made by a French ISP?
Or oVirt, the virtualization system from RedHat?
Given how the "cloud" is ready today, I'd say those things are far from being late.. Maybe they need more attention?
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There is something out there, told ya!
Richard Stallman Warns About Non-Free Web Apps
If you don't want to look at code, however bad it is, it doesn't mean you should necessarily turn to proprietary software (or even "not fight for F/OSS).. Which is somehow his point. If locked on proprietary software, his only option was to ask the editor to correct the bug. Which may or may not be willing to do so.
With opensource software, he could have hired someone to waste his time on it, even if the original developper wouldn't have been willing to do so.. Plus it could have been a nice contribution, so probably for a lower price, he could have had his software up&running, and made the software better..
And anyway, just by reading that: "which I can find out by other means than looking at source code", we can probably assume the technical details aren't exactly relevant to him.
Richard Stallman Warns About Non-Free Web Apps
What exactly would have changed if it had not been free software?
Moonlight 1.0 Brings Silverlight Content To Linux
Actually, there is one website which has switched to Silverlight.. I'm not sure why they did, but it made me very unhappy:
This is a map to show the possible routes from Ryanair airports. They now have included a list of their routes so people can read from it instead of their silverlight map, but still.. I've installed the plugin, and this still doesn't work.
So of course, no, we don't want that MS thing, but at a point.. it's like Flash, if webmasters start to use it, better have some support that works than just whine about who made it in the first place..
Doctors Will Test Gene Editing On HIV Patients
Or they could do.. whatever.. and you'd still die in the end.
Conficker Worm Could Create World's Biggest Botnet
They will only do that for piracy issues, because someone is paying for that directly. Not sure how the maths work if you compare it to how much the taxpayers pay. I'd rather have my government/police work and actually spend money on fighting true spam/virii issues rather than going after P2P users..
Best FOSS Active Directory Alternative?
I actually thought about that, and couldn't find any nice interface to be able to manage Samba/LDAP users & configuration. The furthest I could go was going for an OpenLDAP GUI, which is not enough for a "manager" to work on such an environment..
I'd be interested in any FOSS opportunities to manage that using a GUI (may it be web based or not..., but then has to be able to run on Windows :p), without having to go through the hassle of writing it myself (or have it written by someone from scratch).
So, if anybody went through something that might fit here, I'd be really interested! Even if it's alpha, pre alpha, only brain work.. Even if it's not free as in free beer..