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Software Commons vs. Product

One regular reader of this blog contacted me a few days ago to share a few suggestions and some concerns about the LibreOffice project. I did not agree with many of the points he was making, but a few of them made sense. I’d like to discuss the main one, …

Numbers & Names

When the Document Foundation announced its release policy, few people besides IT professionals understood why we were telling people about two distinct stable branches for LibreOffice. The truth is, not only do many FOSS projects share this kind of release policy, but software vendors producing proprietary software often have very …

I like Plasma 5

Yes, you read that well. I’m a hardcore Gnome user since… 2002 and I don’t really to switch to KDE/Plasma just yet. However, I just wanted to share some of my thoughts concerning Plasma, the new name of the KDE desktop. Plasma 5 is the brand new KDE desktop, coming …

ODF in the age of Big Data

On the 25th of March 2015, my son was born and to me it is by far the most important event of the day. Yet the same day the Document Freedom Day was gathering people across the world to celebrate open standards for documents and spread the word against vendor …

LibreOffice – the Cloud edition

The announcement that was made jointly a week ago by Collabora and IceWarp as well as the one on the same topic shared by the Document Foundation is deeply important, both for the LibreOffice project and digital freedom in general. The short story goes like this: Key developers of the …

Introducing a new fork

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Today, on the 25th of March 2015, my wife and I have the pleasure to introduce a most beautiful and the most amazing fork to date. And when it comes to forks, you can trust me. Introducing Vallerand James Gerhard Schulz, our newborn son. May you possess strength, wisdom and …

Climbing the winding stairs of Emacs

My earlier reports about my interest and use of emacs had mostly focused on editing code or text, mostly CSS, html and org files. I had considered using emacs for email reading and processing, and I had backed away from it although I wanted to give myself the time to …

Badges for LibreOffice

The LibreOffice project relies almost entirely on volunteers to work, from running our infrastructure to developing our software suite. It is faire to say we take -or try to take – our community very seriously. If I needed any more proof of this, the first months as a member of …

In praise of Evolution and Intelligent Design

Dear readers, I do not claim paternity of this title; in fact I think it was initally the developers of Claws Mail who had coined that line, precisely as a prank on the Evolution hackers. Today however I wanted to review the Evolution client and my experience with it, especially …

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