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The Document Foundation: a personal outlook for 2015

2015 has started and I realized that in between the New Year and last week’s tragedy, I hadn’t had the time to discuss what’s on the table for the Document Foundation in 2015. This is purely a personal opinion and does not represent any sort of official statement by the …

Projects to support & initiatives to help in 2015

This will be the very last post of 2014. Let me first wish you, dear readers, a happy new year 2015 in good health, love, prosperity and happiness. Let me also thank you for your continued interest in Moved by Freedom, Powered by Standards. This blog is now over 7 …

Using encryption on Android – A rant

I have had my first Android phone, a Samsung, 5 years ago, and I’ve used three others since then. I believe in others respecting my privacy and the privacy of others. I also try to have a system that is as clean as possible, and update it as often as …

The Document Foundation sets precedents & paves new opportunities for Free Software

These past weeks have marked a significant twist in the way the Document Foundation is supporting the LibreOffice project and in general, the Free and Open Source Software world. Three distinct pieces of news should indeed be put together in order to shed light on the way the Document Foundation …

Emacs & the obsessive email mongerer

I had already mentioned in passing here that I am using Emacs for a variety of tasks: outline, project management and planning with Org-Mode, IRC (go figure, my default email client on all my machines is Emacs’ ERC), notes editing or quick scribbling with the Scartch buffer (happens to me …

A personal take on LibreOffice 4.3

LibreOffice 4.3 has been released this week and it has already been noticed quite a lot, judging by the number of articles in the press worldwide. The announcement may be found here, and a thorough, technical description has been written by Michael Meeks on his blog (detailed release notes are …

What the UK Government’s adoption of ODF really means

On Tuesday the news that the UK Government had decided to use ODF as its official and default file format started to spread. The full announcement with technical details may be found here; the Document Foundation published its press release on Thursday morning there. This decision is a landmark for …

Something new in the land of Linux distros

If you have been following the news and stories on Linux  distributions since over ten years like I have been, you tend to have  a fairly standard view -yet an educated one- about what’s going on with them, why every year since about 2002 this could have been the year …

FRAND, Uncertainty & Doubt

It’s been interesting to watch the latest patent litigation between Microsoft and Motorola. The judge’s opinion has been well documented (see Groklaw’s copy here and an annotated one there over at the Essential Patent blog). Now I’m not going to offer an informed  legal perspective in this post and by …

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