Bhartiya writes: For ages I have been convincing people to switch from close source to open source, from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice. I have been telling people to ditch the controversial docx format and adopt .odt only to find myself in an embarrassing situation, thanks to Google.Read more »
Once upon a time there was KOffice, all full of unrealized potential. And then it was forked as Calligra Suite. The first release of Calligra was on April 11, 2012. Is this a contender, or another niche productivity suite?Read more »
Speaking of LibreOffice, WebUpd8 reader Nathan Moos mentioned some refreshing mockups called Citrus UI. Citrus tries to remain somewhat familiar while brining more logic by reorganizing things differently - such as the File menu which currently holds commands that are in no way related to the current file.Read more »
Krita is now ready for professional artist use. A new slide sorter view and a new shape animations feature in KPresenter. Improvements of the core engine and plugins in the support of the OpenDocument Format. Especially text rendering has seen much work. A new report engine used in KPlato and Kexi.Read more »
The KDE community today announces the start of the Calligra Suite project, a continuation of the KOffice project. The new name reflects the wider value of the KOffice technology platform beyond just desktop office applications.Read more »
The Wine maintenance release 1.2.1 is now available. The source is available now, Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.
Whats new in this release:
* Translation updates.
* Various bug fixes.
The Document Foundation is a newly founded organisation with a mission: to make an office suite available as truly free software, developed within the wider community. Supported by companies like Google, Novell and Red Hat, the Foundation has forked the Oracle-owned OpenOffice software and created LibreOffice.Read more »
The KOffice team is very happy to announce version 2.1.0 of KOffice, 6 months after the platform release 2.0.0. This release brings a number of new features as well as general improvements in the maturity of the individual applications. Importing of documents have also been given an overhaul.Read more »
The Wine development release 1.1.33 is now available. The source is available now, Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.
What's new in this release:
* Gecko now installed at wineprefix creation time.
* Better support for certificates in crypt32.
* Improved sound support in mciwave.
By itself Wine is very usable but you need a fair amount of expertise or lots of time to get your favourite Windows application running correctly. This is why we have companies like Bordeaux Group and CodeWeavers who sell commercially supported Wine version or management tools that make our lives a little easier.Read more »
This is a comparison of two PIM suits for Linux. The author compares several aspects of Kontact and Evolution. The interface, the applications for email, address books, calendars, tasks, memos, and other features -- he looked at them all closely. Is there any reason to prefer one over the other?Read more »
The German competition authority, the BundesKartellamt, has fined Microsoft €9m for colluding with retailers to set the price of "Office Home and Student 2007".Read more »
Steven Edwards of the Bordeaux Technology Group released Bordeaux 1.6 today. Bordeaux 1.6 comes with added support for Google's Chrome Web Browser, Google Earth, Google Picasa, Trillian and Apple's Safari Web Browser. Additionally, Cellar support has improved; you can now delete and install into an existing Cellar. IE6 now installs java, shockwave and latest flash.
AbiWord has been my favorite open source word processor for a long time, and it's now out in a new version 2.6.5, which adds some excellent features. If you haven't used this application (for Windows or Linux) before, definitely download it, and if you already use it, go for the upgrade.Read more »