The Document Foundation, which forked away from OpenOffice, and looks after LibreOffice development is officially incorporated in Berlin, Germany. The legal form of the entity – rechtsfähige Stiftung des bürgerlichen Rechts – means that it is an independent foundation that is supported by state authorities. As a LibreOffice user I am happy to see a vendor-neutral organization committed towards development of LibreOffice. [Continue]
Yes, open sourced, licensed under BSD license. It is good to see action from the Yahoo! Developer Network. [Continue]
The taskmanagemenvim plugin is now available in the vim scripts repository. Finally! If you would like to modify/add to the plugin, the code is available at github.
You will see gradual changes to this blog design over next couple of weeks. In last couple of days, I have used CSS3 gradients for background color and media queries to change the layout a bit for different screen sizes. You can test it by resizing your browser to different sizes.
The Hungarian Government is asking its public administration to move to open document standards (via The H). It is also asking its schools to move to open source office suites. While it is not explicitly specified this combination hints use of ODF and OpenOffice or LibreOffice. [Continue]
NASA has tightened its embrace for the open source philosophy. code.nasa.gov (via Information Week), a new Web site, showcases NASA’s projects and talks about contributions from others. NASA is one of my favourite mentions as a big open source user whenever people bring up the less-secure FUD for open source projects. [Continue]
The Indian Government wants to manually pre-screen content that goes on sites like Twitter and Facebook. This does not seem like a well thought initiative. Not only is the volume of such content impossible to be monitored manually, the Government fails to understand that these sites are usually the pointers to other sites where the actual content is stored. [Continue]
It is great to hear that the Tamil Nadu state’s IT department is going to use BOSS. It is great to hear about Government organizations adopting open source. And it is a double joy to hear that Indian Government organizations are adopting Indianized Linux.
Apple announced that Steve Jobs was no more. Very rarely you come across someone who can inspire both – the everyday users and the technical world with the same intensity. Very rarely you come across someone who influences both – their colleagues and their competitors alike. [Continue]
Twitter has been gradually leaning more towards JVM as their scalable platform. Their commitment is now more visible – they have joined the JCP and OpenJDK project.