06 Sep 2016

Adobe Announces They Will Be Bringing Flash Player Back To Linux

Chris Campbell, a developer from Adobe Flash Player, announced that Linux support for Adobe Flash Player will soon be making a comeback.

“Linux users have access to both NPAPI and PPAPI versions of Flash Player. However, for the last four years, the NPAPI version has been held at 11.2 and regularly updated with only security fixes while the PPAPI version (used in Chrome and Chromium based browsers), is in line with the standard Windows and Mac releases.” Chris stated.

“Today we are updating the beta channel with Linux NPAPI Flash Player by moving it forward and in sync with the modern release branch (currently version 23). We have done this significant change to improve security and provide additional mitigation to the Linux community.”

Although the ghost of flash player is long gone on Linux, seeing as many users internet browsers use HTML5, the Linux community probably have no idea what Adobe flash player is. The world of technology, as always will evolve and there will always be new software out to replace the dinosaur software.

Chris Campbell announced that they have two version currently available for beta, 64-bit and 32-bit.

“Currently we are distributing 32 and 64 bit binaries only, we will package these in proper installers after additional testing and feedback. Users should manually back-up their existing Flash Player plugin file from the appropriate system plug-in folder and copy the new binaries into place to use them.  Please note that our initial release does not support Fedora based distributions.  For more information, see our release notes.”
You can download the betas here: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer.html

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27 Jun 2016

Open Source Software To Know: Inkscape

Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It’s free and open source.

It is used by design professionals and hobbyists worldwide, for creating a wide variety of graphics such as illustrations, icons, logos, diagrams, maps and web graphics.

Inkscape uses the W3C open standard SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) as its native format, and is free and open-source software.

People use Inkscape as a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator. You can certainly bet that Inkscape fills the the needs easily.

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Key features include object creation, object manipulation, fill and stroke, operations on paths, text support.

It also includes a pencil and pen tool, calligraphy tool, a shape tool for creating rectangles, ellipses, polygons, stars and spirals, rendering, a text tool, as well as embedded bitmaps and clone creator.

Additionally, the application allows the user to move, scale, rotate, skew, raise, lower, group and align objects, as well as to manipulate layers.

Other useful tools include path markers, dashed strokes, pattern fills, color selector, color selector, gradient editor, node editor, path converter and simplification, bitmap tracing, and boolean operations.

Inkscape works great on any operating system, it has all of the features of your favorite design software with none of the cost.

You can download Inkscape on your preferred device here: https://inkscape.org/en/download/

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23 Jun 2016

Mark Shuttleworth Not Sure Other Linux OSes Will Download Snaps From Ubuntu Store

Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Ubuntu, said in an announcement that snap packages aren’t tied to a specific Ubuntu store.

He informed developers that they can develop their own stores for snap packages and more.

The announcement read:

Hi folks

Since this question has come up a few times and the common answer keeps
missing the point, let me have a go.

The snap *format* is not intrinsically tied to a store. You can stand up
a snap on a system regardless of how it arrived at that system. So the
current store implementation is not particularly relevant, and would not
be a good starting point.

The simplest approach would be to focus on delivering a snap to a system
over HTTPS. Since there are no complex dependency maps, you don't need
the same sort of sophisticated infrastructure that APT or Debs or RPM
do, you just need a webserver and wget.

I think we should do this in the snap code itself so it is more obvious
to people, because folks are hung up about the delivery of snaps from
Ubuntu. I would not expect other distros to want to fetch snaps from
Ubuntu unless there were useful snaps for them there, snaps could easily
be served from Debian.org.

In a sense, snaps are being punished for being ahead - of course there
is a sophisticated store in Ubuntu, we've been doing mobile and IoT and
commercial stores for several years. But that's no reason to denigrate
snaps themselves, quite the opposite.

Mark

 

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07 May 2016

Libre Office 5.06 Available For Download

In a new announcement by

The announcement read:

The Document Foundation suggests deploying LibreOffice 5.0.6 on a large scale only when backed by professional level 3 support from certified developers (a list available at: https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/). When migrating to LibreOffice from proprietary office suites, organizations should seek professional support from certified migration consultants and trainers, which are listed on the same web page.

In addition, there are companies providing LibreOffice LTS (Long Term Support) versions, with incremental updates, targeted at enterprise deployments.

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.0.6/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.0.6/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

In 2016, LibreOffice Conference will be hosted at Brno University of Technology from September 7th to the 9th.

You can download the latest 5.0.6 update here: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-still/

Changelog:

bnc#659631 DOC import: handle subset of STYLEREF natively [Miklos Vajna]
coverity#1348468 oox: copy-paste error [Michael Stahl]
rhbz#1149116 Option Collate in printing copies does not work properly [Caolán McNamara]
rhbz#1257635 sometimes LO doesn’t see cups printers [Caolán McNamara]
rhbz#1285356 [gtk3] gtk2 Swing/AWT GUIs in java-based extensions crash gtk3 libreoffice [Caolán McNamara]
tdf#41524 CUPS: printing multiple copies with “Collate” results in multiple system print jobs [Caolán McNamara]
tdf#56270 FILESAVE: ODT file’s OLE objects are lost when you export to DOCX format [Michael Stahl]
tdf#56544 FILEOPEN: Lock file is not created on samba share (via gvfs) [Stephan Bergmann]
tdf#59699 RTF: INCLUDEPICTURE image not shown [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#61511 problem Background rtf [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#65642 RTF import: page number are incorrect [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#65695 Export as JPEG missing something [Chris Sherlock]
tdf#76741 FILESAVE: DOCX Table Width Type and Alignment is not preserved [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#82781 writer crashes in page preview when reducing number of pages due to hidden format [Caolán McNamara]
tdf#85523 Extra blank lines added to comments after each save as .DOCX [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#85690 Modification of X-Axis set Y-Axis Auto scaling from 0 [Laurent Balland-Poirier]
tdf#85761 Exporting jpeg format from DRAW, resolution does not follow options setting [Chris Sherlock]
tdf#87034 FILEOPEN RTF: Superscripts are run together [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#87178 DIALOG: Reset menus in Customize dialog resets toolbars as well [Maxim Monastirsky]
tdf#87530 can’t add password to macro library [Michael Stahl]
tdf#88453 Writer: huge table cell table layout issue [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#89505 FORMATTING Tab Handling in automatic table of contents [Oliver Specht]
tdf#90812 FILESAVE: XLSX run paragraph property of text is missing after roundtrip. [Katarina Behrens]
tdf#91762 Inserting table has incorrect row heights [Xisco Fauli]
tdf#92296 Character formating (bold, underline, color etc) corrupted when save as xlsx [Katarina Behrens]
tdf#92454 DOCX Import: Incorrect display of the headings – numbering style indents [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#92720 EDITING: Report-Builder – Report fails to open with Charts in a Report [Michael Stahl]
tdf#92963 Pasting a whole row with data crashes all open LibO apps [Arul Michael]
tdf#93196 Switching spreadsheet tab triggers crash, no data provided [Eike Rathke]
tdf#93637 PDF export missing ToC page numbers [Justin Luth]
tdf#94009 FILESAVE: DOCX – Margins not preserve [Michael Stahl]
tdf#94370 Very slow previewing of (or blank, invisible..) master pages – resizing panel refreshes them instantly [Katarina Behrens]
tdf#94392 SLIDESHOW: Scrolling in Slides causes crash in basebmp polygon rendering (linux only) [Caolán McNamara]
tdf#94738 UI: Mismatching “Styles and Formatting” icon at toolbar and sidebar (Galaxy theme) [Yousuf Philips]
tdf#95213 second level numbering turns bold in .DOCX export [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#95226 IFERROR not working correctly under array-evaluation [Eike Rathke]
tdf#95376 Tab stops incorrectly indented by 5cm when it’s 0cm in MS Word [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#95421 Cannot move object by dragging its anchor icon. [Regina Henschel]
tdf#95428 Deleting inserted code from object catalogue hangs office [Caolán McNamara]
tdf#95709 [DISPLAY] Presentation mode renders graphics wrong [Armin Le Grand]
tdf#95977 EDITING: Image moving and anchoring erratic behavior on text body style [Bjoern Michaelsen]
tdf#96075 Frame and image alignment buttons not using correct tooltips [Samuel Mehrbrodt]
tdf#96175 FILESAVE: Imported custom properties missing from exported RTF [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#96308 FILEOPEN RTF incorrect tab spacing on table [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#96326 FILEOPEN: RTF checkbox size too big and checkbox shows as selected [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#96687 Characters are not displayed in GTK textbox until Enter is pressed – IME-input (Japanese,…) is not shown on Properties|Description|Comment. [Justin Luth]
tdf#96807 Automatic log scale inefficient for values less than 1 [Laurent Balland-Poirier]
tdf#96910 EDITING – Crashs using “insert column left” for large documents with concatenation [Yogesh]
tdf#96922 EXPORT to GIF, PNG, EPS: background transparency is lost [Armin Le Grand]
tdf#97051 Writer crashes on saving document with header or footer after using page style dialog [Oliver Specht]
tdf#97139 LibreOffice unresponsible after entering | symbol in particular document [Oliver Specht]
tdf#97308 FORMATTING: Conditional “Ends with” applies formatting to inverted selection [Julien Nabet]
tdf#97331 Crash conditional formatting, when scrolling on Icon set [Caolán McNamara]
tdf#97465 Calc doesn’t show referenced cell highlights (colored borders) for selected formula when using the GTK3 UI version [Caolán McNamara]
tdf#97481 DPI scaling doesn’t work with export to png or jpg [Chris Sherlock]
tdf#97601 Accessing chart data through API results in infinite redraw loop [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#97808 FILEOPEN: arrowheads added to lines within groups [Michael Stahl]
tdf#97897 Recalculate does not always work [Eike Rathke]
tdf#97942 CTRL+SHIFT+SPACE not available under Tools>Customize>Keyboard [Yousuf Philips]
tdf#97960 FILESAVE DOC Does not preserve the font size in empty tables [Justin Luth]
tdf#98001 File/New, Recent documents, Wizards cannot be disabled [Oliver Specht]
tdf#98052 FILEOPEN: bad rendering of .WMF image in .ODT when OpenGL enabled [Marco Cecchetti]
tdf#98083 “Wrap text automatically” setting is forgotten when a file is saved in XLS or XLSX [Katarina Behrens]
tdf#98188 CMIS: File > Properties > CMIS Properties tab crashes LO when closing. [Giuseppe Castagno]
tdf#98277 Toolbar: No shortcuts displayed for extensions [Samuel Mehrbrodt]
tdf#98297 Array Formula Incorrectly Evaluated [Eike Rathke]
tdf#98389 FILEOPEN Calc crashes on opening xlsx document [Eike Rathke]
tdf#98399 Changes Occur When Canceled [Caolán McNamara]
tdf#98416 REMOTE FILE: “The specified device is invalid.” error dialog when attempting to add a service [Christian Lohmaier, Giuseppe Castagno]
tdf#98458 SLOW searches via FIND in LARGE odt-files: writer 5 ONLY [Jan Holesovsky]
tdf#98531 Croatian hunspell dictionary update [Krunoslav Šebetić]
tdf#98642 Calc “auto-corrects” defined names in cell formulas, and it should not [Eike Rathke]
tdf#98740 Infobar should not be in the customization options [Samuel Mehrbrodt]
tdf#98771 Update DocumentList.xml and SentenceExceptionList.xml for Croatian [Andras Timar]
tdf#98812 FILEOPEN: Writer crashes on loading a particular .doc document in Windows [Michael Stahl]
tdf#98882 DOCX import: inline picture is handled incorrectly (crop problem?) [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#98987 Layout: shapes imported from DOCX handled incorrectly [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#98989 Windows: non-scalable fonts like “Courier” not rendered [Michael Stahl]
tdf#98990 Defining a named range for complete column or row results in broken expression (Formula syntax = ExcelR1C1) [Eike Rathke]
tdf#99004 TextBox: draw shape and its textbox is out of sync [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#99100 DOC import: STYLEREF not imported even in case it can be mapped to chapter field [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#99120 DOC import: first page header shows up when title page is not set [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#99140 DOCX import: table at the bottom of the page doesn’t span over multiple pages [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#40863 Bitmap Background exceeds shape borders when PRINTING or PDF EXPORT [Armin Le Grand]
tdf#73973 Add Plains Cree language to LibreOffice [crk-CA] [Eike Rathke]
tdf#79679 EMF: dashed lines in background grid are rendered as solid lines [Chris Sherlock]
tdf#94449 Changing the paragraph style removes index entries. [Oliver Specht]
tdf#96172 Crash in layout SwSectionFrame after opening particular document [Caolán McNamara]
tdf#98366 Not working preview the galleries created with LibreOffice version 4.4 or newer. [Caolán McNamara]
tdf#99172 Basic import/export of dialogs ignores vertical alignment of text boxes [Vasily Melenchuk]
tdf#99224 PPTX filter: image with text is lost on export [Miklos Vajna]
tdf#99322 Error in Calculation after cut and paste (need hard recalc) [Eike Rathke]
tdf#99450 EDITING: Crash on close file after File> Insert> Media> Photo Album [Julien Nabet]
tdf#99462 CRASH after deleting photo album caption box [Julien Nabet]

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07 Apr 2016

Libre Office Version 5.1.2 Released

A Libre Office developer just announced the release of Libre Office 5.1.2 with over 75 bug fixes.

The announcement read:

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.1.2, the second minor release of the LibreOffice 5.1 family.

LibreOffice 5.1.2 is targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users. For more conservative users, and for enterprise deployments, TDF suggests the “still” version: LibreOffice 5.0.5. For enterprise deployments, The Document Foundation suggests the backing of professional support by certified people (a list is available at: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

LibreOffice 5.1.2 is the second point release in the current stable and most advanced version of the office suite pre-installed in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems by default.

This update comes about a month after the 5.1.1 update, which got many reports of bugs found while using the software.

You can download the latest version of Libre Office here: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/

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02 Apr 2016

Computer Repair in Plainfield Illinois

Computer repair in Plainfield, Illinois is a very much needed service. Currently there are no computer stores in Plainfield. There aren’t any stores that exclusively sell computer parts. Yet there is a huge need. Plainfield is a rapidly growing town with an above average household income. Plainfield is boarded on the North by the very successful City of Naperville. Naperville also has had a dearth of computer stores, although that has changed recently.

A look at the Village of Plainfield’s economic development site shows an above average spending inclination amongst the citizenry of Plainfield. This shows that there is a dire need amongst the residents in Plainfield for a computer store. Although the computer repair market isn’t as strong as it once was, computer repair is still a service that is in demand.

Casanova is the premier computer repair service provider in Plainfield, although Casanova’s Shorewood location is very accessible to Plainfield’s residents, this is not the best scenario for citizens. Casanova always look to serve the community as best it can and is now investigating the best location for a Plainfield proper, office.

We believe that an office location within the official boundaries of the village will provide citizens optimal access to computer repair services. Plainfield citizens are very educated and tech savvy and need a place to purchase memory, have their computers repaired, and have viruses removed.

Casanova is looking forward to making computer repair more accessible to Plainfield proper.

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23 Mar 2016

Two Free/Open Source software alternatives to Microsoft Office

Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice is an open source office productivity suite, designed by professionals for both consumer use, providing users with sophisticated tools for processing word documents, create spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and databases.

The application is made up of a word processor by the name of Writer, a drawing tool called Draw, a spreadsheet utility called Calc, a formula editor titled Math, a database management tool with the name of Base, and a presentation app named Impress.

Apache OpenOffice supports Linux, Windows and Mac OS X operating systems, running on both 64-bit and 32-bit computer systems.

Apache is translated in over 170 different languages.

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Libre Office

LibreOffice is an open source productivity suite that provides all the necessary office components for small-business, educational and non-profit organizations. It is a fork of the well-known OpenOffice.org application.

Libre Office is packed with it’s six main components: Writer, Calc, Impress, Base, Math, and Draw. Same names as Apache, the two used to be the same sofware until they split.

Libre Office is the one that updates more frequently and has become the most preferred software to use.

Both office suites include the same applications for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and databases. Both projects share the vast majority of their code, openoffice.org.

My Solution

Libre Office is my preferred choice in the free office suite debate. It has the track sheet of frequent updates and has the most potential to develop into something even greater in the long run.

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