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Done right, LibreOffice Online could be a real game-changer for open source software in the age of SaaS.
 
My take: 4 keys to success for LibreOffice as a service http://wmk.me/1H4Sckn
Trying to prevail where three proprietary companies failed, the LibreOffice project has announced an online version. Here's what it needs to succeed
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This idea was bouncing around Openworld Forum in 2013, though one of the 'wants' was to engage the French public sector as a client to help give the idea momentum. I wonder who will be the first clients for this...
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Refueling at Caffe Greco after a demanding hike over Telegraph Hill from Embarcadero.
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Yes indeed! I always go there is I am nearby!
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A fine result from a feature crowd sourcing activity.
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This issue includes my article suggesting a response to the heartbleed bug.
 
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Steady drumbeat of planned releases continues. It's easy to see why a release train model delivers results.
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I'll be the guest for once!
 
Confirmed for tomorrow: Patrick Masson, Simon Phipps - OSI (http://opensource.org), interviewed by +Randal L. Schwartz and +Dan Lynch.  Watch/chat at 8:30am Pacific Time.
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It's been a while though!
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Earthquake damage in Napa, CA after last year's pretty-big-one. The town is clearly in a bad way - looks to me like at least half the restaurants and stores downtown are still closed for repair.
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VMware confirms that the dispute with SFC is not, in its view, about direct abuse of any Linux code but rather about whether a proprietary kernel loading a GPL module creates a need for a copyright license (and thus demands that the kernel be under the GPL). Much more esoteric and arguable than reported.
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+Jan Wildeboer I am surprised you identify "wanting to see both sides of the issue before passing judgement" as negativity. I am not negative; I am just sceptical until I have seen the data and not just the spin, from both sides.

Till is a great guy for SFC to have on side, but both parties to the case are doing PR at the moment and I'm not dishing out free passes. The only "bias" is the one that says "if you aren't blindly supporting SFC then you are an enemy".
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Great to see the EFF taking action for us all.
 
Today, Wikimedia joined 8 other plaintiffs to fight NSA upstream spying in court, with the help of the ACLU. 
The N.S.A.’s surveillance undermines the free exchange of knowledge on which we all depend.
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I started out thinking this was a questionable action over module loading, but the more I've looked the more it seems VMWare has indeed migrated code from GPL-licensed driver frameworks into their shim, thus defeating its purpose as an insulation against the need to publish the source of their proprietary product. I can't see any resolution to this that's going to be a win-win.
The Software Freedom Conservancy alleges VMware is using GPL-licensed code in its proprietary products. VMware disagrees. It's time for a judge to decide
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+Brian Hunt That's certainly true when the violation is objective, as in the case of most cases of failure to comply by hardware manufacturers. VMWare did in fact come into compliance over Busybox originally, where it seems the issue was oversight.

However, this case is likely to be much more about the interpretation of the license. I believe the reason there's been no resolution is VMWare's legal team and SFC have different views of what constitutes "compliance". VMWare told me they believe they are already in full compliance with the license and that the case is meritless as a consequence. SFC obviously believe otherwise and has gone out of its way to orchestrate press coverage to frame the matter for community consumption as VMWare acting abusively.

As a consequence, I'm not going to cast my lot with either side until I've had a VMWare expert explain their position to me. Sadly I doubt that will happen before they go to court with that position.
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This really is essential reading that explains why Daesh wants to take the Levant -- and, ultimately, all of us -- back to the 7th seventh century.  It's the same kind of fundamentalism as you might expect from any religious cult, except the logical conclusion is expansionism, mass murder and public death by torture. Cause that's what their read of their scripture demands.

If you want the background to properly critique western responses to Daesh (and western engagement with Islam in other forms), study this carefully.
 
"What ISIS Really Wants" - Important explanation of the chilling reality of Daesh & modern Islam that you should read http://wmk.me/1MQWOPC
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.
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Ahh. The absolutism of monotheism...
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Another development tender from TDF, this time for infrastructure. I really like this approach.
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Grizzled and eclectic geek, campaigning for digital rights.
Introduction
Director of open source consulting at Wipro, president at the Open Source Initiative and a director at the Open Rights Group; writer, speaker and consultant on digital liberty, especially open source policy and practice.
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Consultant, Writer & Speaker
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Open Source and Digital Rights
Employment
  • Wipro Technologies
    Director, 2015 - present
  • Meshed Insights Ltd
    Director, 2013 - present
  • Meshed Insights & Knowledge
    Independent Consultant, 2011 - 2013
  • ForgeRock
    Chief Strategy Officer, 2010 - 2011
  • Sun Microsystems
    Chief Open Source Officer, 2000 - 2010
  • IBM
    Chief Java Evangelist, 1995 - 2000
  • IBM
    Conferencing Systems, 1990 - 1995
  • Unisys
    BTOS/CTOS Specialist, 1987 - 1990
  • Burroughs
    Medium Systems Specialist, 1982 - 1987
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Microsoft Outlook Preview
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La aplicación oficial de Microsoft Outlook para teléfonos con sistema Android y tabletas. Outlook es una aplicación gratuita de correo elect

LibreOffice Viewer Beta
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LibreOffice is the world's most popular Open Source office app - and now it's on Android.This app is in active development, and not yet stab

VNC® Viewer for Google Chrome™
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Connects to your computers anywhere in the world and lets you take control.

SomaPlayer
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Listen to SomaFM web radio stations from your browser and scrobble tracks to your Last.fm account.

No, Citrix did not kill CloudStack
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CloudStack's lifeblood is its user community, so the Citrix shakeup is much ado about nothing

SAP embraces opens source -- sort of
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Years of slow change are finally leading to new openness at SAP, at least in connection with SAP HANA

The Internet's Own Boy
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Available Same Day as Theaters. A dynamic and tragic portrait of the life of Reddit co-founder and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, a champion

App.net's open source failure
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The company's business model put up too many barriers, and it's hard to compete without flexibility for all

Stop laying the blame for Heartbleed on open source
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Security experts acknowledge that open source is the best model for crypto, so how do we drive improvements to the model for creating securi

Sony and Google gang up for an illegal video takedown
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Sony's drive-by copyright takedown illustrates the harm old business models can do to new approaches like open source

As She Is
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This film project is about a personal and collective journey towards wholeness...to reclaim, value and live the feminine aspect of ourselves

Microsoft opens .Net but misses the point with mobile
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Unprecedented change continues to flow from Microsoft. But does the company really 'get it'?

Supreme Court set for landmark decision -- good or bad -- on software pa...
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The Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank case has reached the Supreme Court, and expectations run high that we may finally get clarity on the legality of

Open document standards will cure Apple's bit rot
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Apple's iWork update won't let you access documents created as little as five years ago. The solution is obvious

Meshed Insights Ltd
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Expertise in open source and digital liberties.

5 bitcoin exchanges you can use right now
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Mt. Gox's failure might have grabbed the headlines, but reputable bitcoin exchanges remain up and running and ready for business

2014 is the year of the Linux desktop
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Linux has unexpectedly made it to the desktop through mobile and cloud, but the unintended consequences are troubling

My great bitcoin adventure: 6 months, 5 exchanges
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Bitcoin's open source foundation is sound, but Bitstamp, CEX.IO, Coinbase, Kraken, Mt. Gox exchanges are uneven at best

Open Source Initiative, Free Software Foundation unite against software ...
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In rare joint move, OSI and FSF come together to file a U.S. Supreme Court briefing

Great meal. Ideal portions of well-considered ingredient combinations. Excellent salads, lovely hangar steak. Dessert was good. The wine list was priced high and hard to scan because it is only available on an iPad, but we did discover a less-known Italian gem buried deep within. Overall an excellent meal.
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Expensive, better than some, still not the best. An unpretentious Parisian bar/brasserie more favoured by locals than the other tourist traps nearby. There was a good selection of food and drink which we generally enjoyed. Expensive for what we got though, and the restaurant does not make good its errors. For example, my wife's Tarte Tatin was burnt black, yet the waiter just shrugged it off when we pointed it out and made no attempt to address the problem or discount the bill. There are better options locally and you may prefer to choose them.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
This busy patisserie/boulangerie has a homely tea-room attached to it. We visited on a wet Saturday afternoon and had brunch - juice, bread, a croissant, coffee and a large egg-and-bacon roll served with salad and frites. Reasonable comfort food, needed more staff for the number of customers though.
Quality: GoodAppeal: GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Comfortable boutique hotel and gastro-pub in pretty location, slightly pricey but good for a short stay. We stayed two nights at this Inn, and enjoyed our stay. Our room was on the first-floor with a four-poster bed and a view out across Swaledale - very nice. The room was spacious, clean and elegant but lacked furniture - it really needed a comfy chair in which to relax plus a bigger wardrobe and a desk. The shower room was clean, comfortable and good - a great shower, good Molton-Brown toiletries and plenty of hot water. There was a kettle and supplies (good cookies!) and a tiny wall-mounted TV. The room was over the bar so noise persisted until after closing time (the staff unwind after closing). The hotel is located in Low Row, a village located a few miles west of Reeth and with good footpath access both to the fells and the river walks. All the beauty of Swaledale is within easy reach. We ate at the restaurant once. It's popular and busy and you will definitely need to make a reservation - preferably before you arrive if you want a choice of when you eat. The food was good but not exceptional and we (and other guests on both nights) found supplies of several dishes on the menu were restricted. The range of beers was OK with four real-ale hand-pumps and eight taps. The wine list was pub-scope so not huge and featured young wines. Prices for both the room and the food were mid-range for the area and seemed a little high for the actual facilities and quality. But we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend the place for a one or two night stay.
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Quality: Very GoodFacilities: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Great coffee in comfortable, relaxed surroundings with friendly staff.
Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
Tired, once grand hotel that manages to disappoint at every turn. Public areas are the best bits, but have the welcome of a station waiting room. Clientele appears to be dominated by coach parties, functions and the like. It was the conference hotel for an event I was attending, for example. Check-in staff were inexperienced and quite hard to deal with and seemed to expect advance payment. We stayed two nights in a small, hot, dirty room on the 5th floor with a badly maintained bathroom. [We note from the hotel history that the 5th & 6th floors were recently restored from a derelict state so it's possible lower rooms are better]. High hot water pressure and low cold water pressure made it almost impossible to shower without freezing or scalding. Carpet dirty and stained. Bed old, noisy and uncomfortable with inadequate linens. No air conditioning, dirty windows hard to open & no airflow. Curtains a poor fit. Room was not properly cleaned each day - towels on floor not changed, floor not cleaned, bed made over pyjamas etc etc. Huge queue for breakfast, which was typical greasy spoon fare from a buffet with tea served by friendly staff. Bars noisy with generic drinks only. Cash only, no room-charge or credit cards. At check-out, extra charge to pay by credit card! Turns out check-in did not record our car was parked in the (distant, expensive-for-open-air-on-street-insecure) car park so we had risked being ticketed. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.
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Atmosphere: Poor - FairDecor: Poor - FairService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
This is basically a craft market in a converted mill. There are some historic exhibits, but it's hard to understand why one should pay any admission fee - let alone nearly £4 each - just to visit some high-priced craft shops and read static information panels. Without the admission fee it would be a good destination with a few interesting mill artefacts, but there are better things to do in the area in return for an admission fee.
Appeal: GoodFacilities: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago