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Comment Re:truth is... (Score 1) 93

***(By the by, the only two things that can be built with a rPi are (1) a MAME cabinet, and (2) a home file server. Any other claims are merely gratuitous falsifications)

I'd have to disagree. My rPi wouldn't do too well as a file server; however, I have handed it just about everything else my prior server was doing to run my network; with the exception the firewall and routing - which I handed over to a Microtek RouterBoard 450G. The file server stuff I'm handing over to a Wandboard Quad - why? Because it has a SATA chipset and ports on it and can directly support a 2.5" SATA drive, the latest models even have the capability to directly power the drive if you can make the cable (rev3+). (And no, I don't consider using a USB interface for a file server sufficient.)

The rPi is a nice system; and I'm planning more uses; but a MAME cabinet or file server is not one of them. The rPi2 is does even better.

Comment Re:What's the story? We already know it's not the (Score 4, Informative) 108

It's pretty clear that Blackberry's right about the OS here. From TFA:

"The researchers themselves did not target QNX specifically, but rather the connectivity software that runs on top of QNX, called uConnect which, using cellular connections, offers Internet access, navigation, voice command capabilities and other features to drivers."

Exactly. It's no help that everyone is connected on the CAN-bus with little in way of security there...

Comment Re:B2B only (Score 1) 82

Microtransaction based games have a fundamental problem and that is that rather than being primarily designed to be fun, they are instead primarily designed to be addictive and to drive the user toward making microtransactions in order to maintain the play that they've become addicted to. However, games that offer mostly cosmetic microtransactions that don't offer a substantial in-game advantage usually manage to avoid this problem.


I had a game on my tablet that I liked playing. Only I got so far and couldn't go any further without participating in the micro-transactions. Needless to say, I dropped it like a rock and moved on to other things.

Comment Re:OpenOffice vs LibreOffice (Score 1) 236

You get to use Apache 2 software with GPL/LGPL code, but you do not get to rewrite the license that Apache 2 code was released under. The fact that someone gives you permission to use something doesn't mean you get to relicense it however you want.

IIRC, Apache License, like the MIT and BSD licenses, allows you to relicense it so long as certain provisions are met (namely attributions).

Many in the TDF/LO community don't like that a company can take AOO and make a commercial product, even forking it in the process.

Comment Re:OpenOffice vs LibreOffice (Score 2) 236

So writing a macro in LibreOffice will cause it to be GPL while writing it in OpenOffice don't?

GPL (and copyright law) has a concept of derivative works. Input and output of a program is not typically considered a derivative work - like your documents in LibreOffice.

While IANAL, Macros would be similar to your normal documents as such they would not be considered a derivative work; not really any different than C source running through GCC.

Comment Re:OpenOffice vs LibreOffice (Score 1) 236

LibreOffice uses the GPL/LGPL code because they had no choice - it was the only option available to them since they were forking the source code.

Why couldn't they keep it as Apache license?

The code was under the Apache License when TDF/LO forked the project. It was a mixed license code-base with GPL/LGPL, MPL, and a commercial license. Sun used the license this way to keep being able to produce proprietary commercial versions, and license that right to other organizations while at the same time accepting changes from the community. Sun also required all contributors to sign a Copyright Licence Agreement/Attribution so that Sun could license it however they wanted.

TDF/LO could only for the open source version of the project; they had no right to the commercial licensed works, so they had to remove that.

Since Oracle owned all the copyrights (per CLA) to OO after buying Sun, they could blanket relicense it as they chose, which made it easy to give the code to Apache under the Apache License.

TDF/LO will never be in that situation, instead they'll be in the same situation as the Linux Kernel - unable to change licenses without getting massive agreements from thousands of people or having to rewrite a lot of code to remove people's contributions.

CLA's cut two ways, and if a project is requiring it then it's a matter of how much trust you have in the project as to whether you sign one or not. Qt/KDE I'd have no problem doing so; Oracle...that's asking a bit much.

Comment Re:OpenOffice vs LibreOffice (Score 1) 236

It's open source. It's up to you what you give back. And they've gone further than most in resubmission.

Never said there were no open source.

However, what is given back from one project (e.g TDF/LO) to another (e.g AOO) is a matter of licensing. Apache license (AOO) is less restrictive than the GPL/LGPL (TDF/LO); so contributions can only go one way. TDF/LO didn't have a choice as to their license since they could only fork the open source portion of the codebase.

TDF/LO cannot as a matter of license contribute code back to AOO.

Comment Re:Question for user community (Score 1) 236

I know. It's been in OO since before LO existed. Just wasn't sure if the poster was aware of it.

I just wanted a fair comparison in the case of OO vs LO. That said, I believe one of them was working towards not needing it at all; but it's been a while since I saw that discussion, so it was probably LO that was doing that.

Comment Re:Oracle Happened (Score 1) 236

Yes, I believe it was some 26 programmers who left Open-Office and started LibreOffice.

Not quite. There were only 3 people that actually founded LibreOffice; everyone else were more or less lemmings in the matter, and those three made decisions "for the community" when they wanted the decision to go a certain way even before the community was finished discussing the matter (f.e CLA's). That's why I dropped out of TDF/LO - it wasn't really a community.

Comment Re:Three cheers for liberty! (Score 2) 236

All-in-all, a good day for free software, and a bad day for Microsoft.

Not to rain on your parade.

But LibreOffice remains nothing more than the generic stand-alone office suite of the nineties --- and conspicuously absent is a credible, full-featured, open source alternative to Outlook.

Microsoft positions MS Office ---- very successfully ---- as simply one component of an integrated office system that scales to an enterprise of any size.

Office 365 for Healthcare

Not to rain on your parade, but LibreOffice/OpenOffice can do everything that MS Office does and more.

For instance, with scripting - MS Office is limited to VBScript; sure you can extend with custom libraries but that's really about it. LibreOffice/OpenOffice support many scripting languages (Python, JavaScript, BasicScript - derived from VBScript - just to name a few) in addition to adding custom libraries that any of those languages can load.

Document support? LibreOffice/OpenOffice supports Microsoft's formats typically better than Microsoft does, especially with respect to compatibility with older versions of MS Office. Not to mention the multitude of productivity suites that use the ODF format (AOO, LO, Calligra, GNOME Office products (AbiWord, et al, Google Docs, etc).

Comment Re:OpenOffice vs LibreOffice (Score 3, Interesting) 236

Have you considered that it would've taken lots longer for oracle to give up the code, if the devs had stayed? And it might've not happened at all. Of course you haven't.

If Oracle had managed the project at all instead of just not saying anything LibreOffice probably wouldn't exist. Most in the community jumped because Oracle wasn't saying anything - period.

Now, if Oracle had done something other than what it did, then OpenOffice would probably be in a state similar to MySQL. May be LibreOffice would exist, but not likely since there was no OpenOffice equivalent of Michael Widenius.

Not to mention that at the point where oracle gave the code, there was lots and lots of done for libre office.

The devs that continue just worked on a lot of technical debt. But they did so at the expense of any future integration with any OpenOffice related project because of the license changes and the fact that they were pretty much guaranteed that the licensing used by LibreOffice would prohibit contributions back to OpenOffice regardless of what happened.

Sure it'd be nice to be able to combine the effort, but licensing does not allow that.

IIRC, that was purposeful, and also a side-effect.

I don't have anything against open office, but i'm not going to change from libre office until open office is not only to the par with libre office, a lots better than libre office.

Fair enough. I prefer OpenOffice over LibreOffice. To each their own.

But seriously, your description of libre office people running at first sign of trouble is complete bullshit. You are a douche, there's no way around that fact.

Well, it wasn't really a "first sign of trouble". It was a lack of trust in Oracle, lack of any communications from Oracle, etc - there were numerous and valid reasons for it. That said, the LibreOffice community also has its own issues in that respect. I participated in the early community building and dropped out when it was clear what kind of community was being formed - and it wasn't what was being advertised. May be that's changed; I don't know - but I'm still not really interested in LibreOffice seeing the product they've put out, I personally find it inferior to OpenOffice.

Comment Re:Question for user community (Score 1) 236

Grab LibreOffice and check it out. If startup time is a key point for you, install and enable the QuickStart feature. It'll pre-load part of LibreOffice as Windows starts up and then let it sit idle in the background, just like Microsoft Office does to improve startup time.

FYI - OpenOffice has long had that feature, even back in version 3.0.

Comment Re:OpenOffice vs LibreOffice (Score 3, Informative) 236

You've got it the wrong way around license-wise. LibreOffice can pull anything they'd like from OpenOffice, but OpenOffice won't because they don't want LGPL/GPL code polluting their code-tree. OpenOffice spent a long time rewriting GPL/LGPL code to ensure they could keep their license pure which is one of the reasons they're so much further behind LibreOffice.

That's what I said. The "they" in the GP consistently referred to LibreOffice.

LibreOffice uses the GPL/LGPL code because they had no choice - it was the only option available to them since they were forking the source code.

OpenOffice is purely and solely licensed under Apache License version 2. They also didn't have to rewrite code for GPL/LGPL compliance - Oracle wholesale relicensed the work to Apache version 2 before they could contribute it to Apache to start with. A lot of their time was in integrating IBM's Symphony changes, and catching backup after several months of minimal to no development going on; but they've re-established that.

So LibreOffice can pull chances from OpenOffice since Apache License V2 code can be easily relicensed to GPL/LGPL, but OpenOffice cannot pull changes from LibreOffice.

Comment Re:OpenOffice vs LibreOffice (Score 1, Interesting) 236

So what is the story between the two? I know that LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice and that some/most/all of the devs moved to LibreOffice. Is LibreOffice now far enough ahead to say forget about OpenOffice?

LibreOffice is moving on its own. They do fix some things ahead of OpenOffice, but they also continue to borrow code from OpenOffice. Licensing-wise, they're more limited than OpenOffice is so the code-sharing is not a two-way street, they take but they can't contribute back.

Personally, I still prefer OpenOffice. I recently accidentally opened up-to-date LibreOffice Calc on Kubuntu 15.04 and the interface was just horrid.

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