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Michael Meeks
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Great stuff from Tor - tracing VB calls to MS Office remotely to help debug COM compatibility: http://tml-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/tracing-idispatchinvoke-calls-in-com.html 

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Today we've released Collabora Office 5.3, the latest enterprise-ready edition of LibreOffice! Check out what's new at: https://www.collaboraoffice.com/releases-en/collabora-office-5-3-released/

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A Development Mentor job is still open for the next couple of weeks at TDF - looking for applicants, part-time / student work also an option, checkout: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2017/03/14/development-mentor/

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Nice blog on using perf to find branch-prediction nightmares =)
New week, new blog post! Performance analysis in Linux: Using the correct tools to identify an issue https://col.la/98veu #Linux

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New blog post! A flurry of #OpenSource graphics milestones: recent developments & Collabora's behind-the-scenes work https://openfir.st/yu32h

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CPU competition at last: AMD Ryzen brings 8 cores from just $329

On March 2, and preorderable today, the first three Ryzen processors will be available to buy. All three processors use AMD's brand-new Zen core. All are eight-core, 16-thread parts; all have a 16MB level 3 cache shared across all cores; and all three are unlocked for overclocking. The top-end part is the R7 1800X. This $499 chip will have a 3.6GHz base speed and a 4.0GHz boost speed, with a 95W TDP. AMD is positioning it against Intel's i7-6900K, a $1,050 processor using the Broadwell-E core running at 3.2 GHz, and turboing up to 3.7GHz. In the Cinebench R15 multithreaded rendering test, AMD says that its new processor scores about 9 percent higher than Intel's. In the single threaded version of the same test, it's a dead heat. AMD hasn't quite matched Broadwell's instructions per clock—it's relying on a few hundred extra megahertz to achieve that tied score—but it's not far off. And given that the Ryzen ships at a few hundred extra megahertz more than Intel's twice-as-expensive chip, the shortfall in IPC is largely academic. IPC is interesting in that it gives a sense of how cores are designed, but workloads aren't constrained by IPC or clock speed per se; they're constrained by thermal and power constraints. And AMD compares very favorably there, too: the Intel chip is a 140W part, so can use about 50 percent more power than the AMD.

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Kolab Systems has taken secure, scalable and friendly collaboration to the next level by integrating online office functionality with Collabora Online into the Open Source Kolab collaboration platform. https://www.collaboraoffice.com/press-releases/a-unique-collaboration-experience-courtesy-of-kolab-systems-and-collabora/ http://ow.ly/i/pDQQS
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