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Seigo: On Introducing New Ideas to Free Software Communities

Aaron Seigo offers some advice on how to approach a development community with a new idea. "There is a saying that goes, 'it is easier to ask forgiveness than permission'. However, when it when comes to introducing plans and ideas to a community, this is often very bad advice. It...

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Aiming at Office, Google Bundles QuickOffice in Android KitKat

At a steady clip, Google has been transforming both the Chrome browser and the Android mobile operating system into platforms that can compete directly with Microsoft's. Firing its latest salvo, in recognition of the fact that many enterprise users of Microsoft Office are also starting to use Android, Google has included Quickoffice with its latest version of the Android mobile operating system, version 4.4, called "KitKat."

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Debian Trying Out Xfce Over GNOME By Default

While Debian GNU/kFreeBSD has used Xfce as its default desktop environment and prior to 7.0 Wheezy they experimented with Xfce by default for Debian GNU/Linux, it's being tried out once again...

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How to Write Your Book Using Linux

I spent the past year writing The Librarian’s Guide to Academic Research in the Cloud, a book which focuses on using and thinking about cloud services in an academic research context. I’m fortunate enough to belong to a union that negotiated research leave for new faculty, and that leave made...

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MIT Boffins: Use Software to Fix Errors Made by Decaying Silicon

Smaller transistors means more noise means more errors means the collapse of everything we know and love about computers, such as their infallible ability to run with perfect stability for years on end … right?…...

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