TISA Agreement Might Outlaw Governments From Mandating Open Source Software In Many Situations

By Mike Masnick Article 6 of the TISA agreement, the “Trade In Services Agreement” which is another secretive trade agreement involving a ton of countries, which will likely have an impact on the internet, seems to prevent governments from transferring source code as a condition of providing services. It seems likely that any government that ratifies the agreement could not then do something like mandate governments use open source office products.

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Controlling A Rigol With Linux

The Rigol DS1052E is the de facto oscilloscope for any tinkerer’s bench. It’s cheap, it’s good enough, and it’s been around for a long time; with the new 1054 zed model out now, you might even be able to pick up a 1052E on the cheap.[wd5gnr1] came up with a really interesting piece of software that allows a Linux system to control most of the functions on this popular scope. With just a USB cable, you can read and log all the measurement of the scope, save waveforms in CSV format, and send data to gnuplot and qtiplot.

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The 7 Best Features in LibreOffice Writer

By Bruce Byfield Fifteen years after Sun Microsystems released the code for OpenOffice.org, most users still don’t know what they have, especially in the text processor Writer. Far from being an inadequate substitute for Microsoft Word, in LibreOffice, the code’s latest incarnation, Writer is so far ahead of its rival that there’s no competition. You would have to compare Writer with a professional tool like FrameMaker to find a suitable comparison.

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