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After some successful fundraising and other preparations, +Matthew Williams (Lord Drachenblut) has officially launched his Open FOSS Training site. Check it out!

It's early days for him, so you'll want to sign up for his email newsletter to stay up to date on the courses he releases. 
Hi, welcome to Open FOSS Training. Open FOSS Training is an ambitious project bringing together a team of users with years of experience to create video guides and written documentation. This colla...
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Direct attacks on individuals likely don't account for how most people end up with unsolicited emails. Having your emails sold by those who collect it is the most likely cause. When a company you buy from collects your email address as a requirement of setting up an online account, you would think they would protect it. It appears that when you cancel your account with them, companies like +DIRECTV no longer feel an obligation to protect your identity.
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Thanks +Martin Wimpress, for the mention on the release announcement for Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Beta 1. Happy to have been able to contribute to your excellent project.
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Danny Stieben says, "Of course, a lot of open source advocates like to promote the fact that open source software is free as in freedom, but the monetary benefit certain doesn’t hurt either."
What can't Linux do? Nowadays you hear Linux powering just about any device imaginable -- all the way from dime-sized computers via the Raspberry Pi all the way to most of the top 100 supercomputers in the world. We interact with it daily, whether it be on our personal computers, Android devices, Steam boxes (gaming),…
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I know I made the point before that when sharing LibreOffice documents with your Microsoft Office using friends, using the .doc format instead of .docx can ensure better compatibility. In this blog post, Robin goes even further to provide a step-by-step method that makes compatibility almost fool proof!

+George Fromtulsa & +Troy Schulz are sure to like this one!
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In my experience I have found that Google Apps handles converting Libre Office .odt documents into a Google Docs .gdoc exceptionally well.  However Google Apps does not convert .docx into a Google Doc as well as it does an .odt.  But curiously Google Apps handles converting a .gdoc into a .docx very well.

So when I am in the rare situation where I need to send an acquaintance a .docx file I will upload my Libre Office .odt file into Google Apps to then convert into a .gdoc  I will next download the .gdoc as a .docx for emailing as an attachment.  

This workflow works well for me because in order to email someone a document I need to go into my Google Apps account to begin with.  Using Google Apps to convert the Libre Office file from .odt to .docx is a nice solution to the problem if you plan on emailing the document over using Google Apps bc the process only involves a few more clicks than having Libre Office handle the document conversion.
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This article reminds me of how I envision Open Source development being done. Am I right?

The difference looks like these folks work in the same physical location. I wonder if their organizational model lends itself to the use of the Agile development methodology.
Our company has just turned eight years old, has a presence in all of Latin America, and currently has 36 members on its team. Our biggest obsession: productivity.
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I should clarify - when I say text what I really mean is received a message on WhatsApp.  If you haven't tried WhatsApp & you like Goolge+ then you will definitely like WhatsApp bc of the way group messages work on WhatsApp vs a cell phone providers text message system.  Better yet - WhatsApp works over data, so if you don't have cell coverage but you do have wifi you can easily stay in contact.
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When you are considering a switch to a computer with Linux pre-installed, you may be surprised to discover that the hardware is about the same price as a comparable Windows machine. You may have heard of something called the "Microsoft Tax" which refers to the extra price you pay for the cost of Windows on a computer that you buy with the intention of installing Linux on it. As a result, you may think that you should pay less for an equivalent computer with Linux pre-installed. After all, Linux is free and Windows sells for hundreds of dollars. But you don't. That's because the so-called Microsoft Tax doesn't really exist. It's a myth.
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A different perspective. The version of Windows most users get on their cheap PCs is hobbled. How many versions are there? What are their capabilities?

I consider the price we had to pay to "upgrade" Windows 7 to use the memory our graphic artist needed could be described as a tax? Felt more like extortion for what I think amounted to no more than flipping a locked software switch in Windows Registry.

No such issue with Linux.

True, most buyers of $200 HP Streams will never pay more or change Windows versions. Their "tax" is performance and having to deal with updates, malware, and Microsoft's now deeply intrusive information gathering.

http://www.windows10update.com/2015/01/many-versions-windows-10/

I'm sure it is True with a capital T that the Linux specialty shops can't buy in enough quantity to assemble computers at a price competitive to the HPs on closeout at Staples.

Nor do I object to them making money.

Geeky Fun as it has been, I've spent too much time getting three NUCs stable. I thought about buying from System76, which at that time had (as memory serves) only the i3 version on Ubuntu 15.04 that crashed so often on ours. (There's now an i5 and Ubuntu 14.04.03 LTS on offer).

Problem was, the price from System76 was far higher than Amazon's, and not just for the barebones NUC box, but for the RAM and SSDs.

Perhaps the Meerkats from System76 would have saved me a lot of time. Perhaps the folks at System76 have some valuable Magic EtherDust they sprinkle over 15.04 to glue it together?

(No i7 at System76. Perhaps that chipset is related to the problems we've had?)

Anyway, I wish the Linux "custom shops" well. I know they have unique costs finding components and verifying they work. Those costs (and profits?) scared me off. Then, it is easy to price shop NUCs - which at least are offered without Windows (tax)!

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Improve your security while browsing on the Internet. Thanks +Nixie Pixel! 
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Thanks +Martin Wimpress, for the mention on the release announcement for Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Beta 1. Happy to have been able to contribute to your excellent project.
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Going Linux Episode 281 · Sharing Files Among Multiple Users On One System

Have you ever wanted to share music, videos, podcast episodes and other files between different users on the same computer? This is only a consideration if your computer HAS multiple users, but some of our listeners have asked about it, so if you are one of those listeners, this is the episode for you.
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Well, I thought I would try the latest LibreOffice (5.0) on my System76 Galago Ultrapro running Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon. I decided to use the webupd8.org instructions below to install via a PPA. NOTE: There are special instructions for Mint 17.2! 

LibreOffice 5 is fast and nice. The only issue I had was after I installed and enabled the Breeze icon theme, Impress would crash when going into presentation mode. I have no proof, but I suspect there is something incompatible between the theme and the Cinnamon desktop. As soon as I went back to "Automatic (Human)" theme, everything functioned properly again.
LibreOffice 5.0 was released last week and it includes numerous changes, such as UI improvements, be...
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+Larry Bushey​ Thanks for taking the leap for us. Given the troubles I had with Ubuntu 15.04 and trying to "leap ahead" of the Ubuntu Software Center, my inclination is to wait since I have no complaints about 4.4.X

Yes, I've moved to KDE Mint 17.2 and thus far have had fewer problems with installing software.

I'm sure all of us taking cover in our foxholes are awaiting your report on what's new, what's better --

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Wondering which computer to buy? Trying to make sure it will handle your favorite Linux distribution without hardware issues? See our latest article listing 7 ways to ensure that you don't get stuck with a computer that won't work with Linux.
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I am the creator and host of the Going Linux Podcast. As a technology advocate, I use my communication and facilitation skills to help computer users build their confidence and competence with alternative technologies, such as open source software, and with mainstream commercial applications as well.

My broad background in professional training, technology management, management and sales gives me a unique perspective on using today's technology to get things done. Creator, producer and host of a top-rated Internet audio program, I have been helping computer users on-line since 2005, with practical, day-to-day advice on how to use their personal technology.

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