☞ Birthday Treats

  • On its first birthday, LibreOffice has reason to celebrate
    After a year of work, the extensive global LibreOffice community is now showing signs of the strength and maturity the open source world needs. Monthly releases, open Board elections in progress, incorporation near and an international conference coming up, The Document Foundation has succeeded in all the ways its various detractors a year ago said it would fail.

    While the Apache project that IBM and Oracle have established bears the OpenOffice name I and so many others respect, and while I wish the project success and hope richness emerges from it eventually, the free and open source software community simply can’t afford to wait until it starts delivering releases next year after extensive work just to stand still.

    I have been using LibreOffice ever since the project formed and have seen the quality soar and the feature set evolve delightfully. If you are an OpenOffice user on Windows, Mac or GNU/Linux, LibreOffice is the natural successor and you should definitely try it.
  • U.S. top court rejects Internet music download case
    Excellent legal result that narrows the ability of the music industry to tax new technology. It’s been proven that people will pay for value in the new, meshed society. It’s time for these folk to create value instead of clinging to their outdated concept of their market and punishing the customers and potential customers who don’t agree.
  • ODF 1.2 approved as an official OASIS standard
    Good to see this progress. Let’s hope all the implementations are faithful to the standard and highly interoperable.
  • Mathematically Correct Breakfast — Mobius Sliced Linked Bagel
    While this is cool, I am definitely waiting for the true Möbius Loop Bagel, preferably with lox caught on an Escher waterfall….
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