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Is OpenOffice at a crossroads?

OpenOffice.org (OOo) is a flagship product for free and open source software but could be doing so much better than it is. What’s wrong? Michael Meeks a long-time OOo and Gnome developer and Novell employee argues that among the chief problems are a lack of leadership, a half-hearted open source strategy and copyright assignments that […]

Jargon, compatibility major stumbling blocks for new Ubuntu users

June 18th, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , , ,

Jargon that they didn’t understand, insecurity over compatibility with Microsoft Office and a lack of visual feedback when performing desktop actions were the key stumbling blocks for first-time Ubuntu users.

Ubuntu 'safer' than Microsoft Windows – Dell

June 14th, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , , , ,

It’s a bold statement from a company not usually known for going out on a limb, especially one that might annoy Redmond.

Ubuntu one step closer to dropping Mono

Maverick Meerkat will drop the Mono-based F-Spot image organiser in favour of Shotwell, reducing the number of Mono-based apps in a default Ubuntu install to just one.

Firefox gets into World Cup spirit

June 10th, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , , ,

It’s just one day to go to World Cup 2010 and Firefox has come to the party in its own unique way.

Ubuntu for tablet PCs in the works

June 10th, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , , , ,

Canonical is preparing a version of Ubuntu Linux aimed at tablet PCs, a company executive said this week.

Gnome 3.0: Activity Journal out, Shell in

June 9th, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

With Gnome 3.0 scheduled for release later this year the developers are starting to make the tough decisions on what will be included in the release and what won’t.

Mandriva spurns sale talk with new release

June 3rd, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

Mandriva may be up for sale but the developers keep pushing out the releases.

Moving from Linux to Mac OS X

June 3rd, 2010 | 1 Comment » Tags: , , ,

Former Tectonic editor Jason Norwood-Young moves to big media and gets seduced by the glitter and glamour of Apple. This is his story of switching from Linux to Apple.

Linux Mint 9: Elegant, complete desktop OS

June 2nd, 2010 | 1 Comment » Tags: , ,

Linux Mint 9 has arrived and, dubbed Isadora as per the tradition of bestowing feminine names on releases, it is certainly very good, writes Quintin van Rooyen.

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