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Calendar sharing in the XXIst century

This post is a bit of a rant, and I think it will resonate with people who have chosen to use online and shared calendars that are not provided by either Google or Microsoft. I will write it from the beginning: I still cannot believe we cannot achieve proper calendar …

Women & Free Software projects

I have never written about this rather sensitive topic before, but I recently realized that when we set up the concept of “Native-Language Communities” back in the old days of OpenOffice.org, the general idea was to allow everyone to participate to a Free Software project. Now, the stated ability -the …

What makes a great Open Source project?

Recently the Document Foundation has published its annual report for the year 2015. You can download it as a pdf by following this link, and you can now even purchase a paper copy of the report. This publication gives me the opportunity to talk a bit about what I think …

The subtle art of the Desktop

The history of the Gnome and KDE desktops go a long way back and their competition, for the lack of a better term, is almost as famous in some circles as the religious divide between Emacs and Vi. But is that competition stil relevant in 2016? Are there notable differences …

Discovering the Kube project

The world of email clients is becoming exciting again. That’s thanks to Kube, an effort born out of the KDE world, and specifically the Kolab and RoundCube projects. You may wonder why I pay attention to this initiative; after all, I now use Emacs’ mu4e for about two thirds of …

Not so fast, open standards!

My friend Andrew Updegrove wrote a surprising essay in his latest blog post about the irrelevance of open standards. More exactly his point, if I understood correctly, was that open standards were becoming irrelevant as a topic as everyone is using and relying on them, and the software industry can …

The Thunderbird hypothesis

(NB: the opinions expressed in this post are entirely mine and do not necessarily represent the views of the Document Foundation.) A few days ago Mozilla published a study by Simon Phipps about the possible choices of entities that could host the Thunderbird project. The finalists, for the lack of …

The importance of the Document Liberation Project

Today I would like to focus on a quite interesting project, even though it is rarely spoken of: The Document Liberation Project. The Document Liberation Project is LibreOffice’s sister project and is hosted inside the Document Foundation; it keeps its own distinct goals and ecosystem however. We often think of …

Free Software’s ultimate irony is its pretended lack of credibility

There’s a meme that is almost as old as Free and Open Source Software itself: FOSS is not credible enough for corporate use. Of course, people spreading that meme do not deal with the cognitive dissonance brought in by the likes of Red Hat, Google, Suse or Canonical very well. …

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