New LibreOffice Version Offers Fresh Take


The Document Foundation has announced the availability of its second major release this year, LibreOffice Fresh 6.1, with enhanced editing on Desktop, Cloud and Mobile platforms. One of its most significant new features is Notebookbar, an improved experimental user interface option that resembles the ribbon interface popular with Microsoft Office users. The developers hope to release a fully refined ribbon-style interface in the next major release, according to Italo Vignoli, spokesperson for the foundation.

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ExTiX 18.7 Is Not Quite an ‘Ultimate Linux System’


The latest release of the ExTiX Linux distro is a major disappointment. ExTiX 18.7 has several shortcomings that make it troublesome to use. The flaws easily might be fixed in a patched follow-up release. Still, to a new Linux user, the problems inherent in ExTiX 18.7 give the Linux OS in general a black eye. New releases of any software platform never come with guarantees. Sometimes, an earlier release works almost flawlessly while its upgrade down the line fails to impress. That was my experience revisiting the ExTix distro.

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FreeOffice Suite Is Almost Blue Ribbon-Worthy


SoftMaker’s FreeOffice 2018 Linux office suite is a high-end product that provides performance and compatibility with Microsoft Office and other office suites. FreeOffice 2018 is a free version that is nearly identical to the features and user interface of Softmaker’s commercial flagship office suite, SoftMaker Office 2018. The FreeOffice 2018 suite is a capable alternative to its commercial upgrade. It poses little trouble reading and writing to other document formats and provides very accurate page rendering when importing/exporting.

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Google Adds Kubernetes to Rebranded Cloud Marketplace


Google has announced the rebranding and expansion of its Cloud Launcher platform. Going forward, it will be known as the “Google Cloud Platform Marketplace,” or “GCP Marketplace.” It will offer production-ready commercial Kubernetes apps, promising simplified deployment, billing and third-party licensing. Google’s goal is to make containers accessible to everyone, especially the enterprise, said Anil Dhawan, product manager for the Google Cloud Platform. Google’s hosted Kubernetes Engine takes care of cluster orchestration and management.

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Pinguy OS Puts On a Happier GNOME 3 Face


Pinguy OS 18.04 is an Ubuntu-based distribution that offers a non-standard GNOME desktop environment intended to be friendlier for new Linux users. This distro is a solid Linux OS with a focus on simple and straightforward usability for the non-geek desktop user. If you do not like tinkering with settings or having numerous power-grabbing fancy screen animations, Pinguy OS could be a good choice. The GNOME desktop is the only user interface, but the developer included some software options not usually packaged with GNOME.

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Ribbons and Tabs Give OnlyOffice Suite a Fresh Look


Ascensio System SIA recently released its free office suite upgrade — OnlyOffice Desktop Editors — with a ribbon and tab interface plus numerous updated features. The refresh makes version 5.1 a potential alternative to Web versions of the Microsoft Office suite and Google Docs for Linux users. The three-module set of OnlyOffice Desktop Editors has an impressive collection of tools geared toward individual consumers and small offices. It provides many of the conveniences available when using MS Word or Google G-Suite apps.

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Suse Linux Enterprise 15 Bridges Traditional, Software-Defined Systems


Suse has launched Suse Linux Enterprise 15, its latest flagship operating platform. SLE 15 bridges traditional infrastructure technologies with next-generation software-defined infrastructure, the company said. The company also released enhancements to Suse Manager 3.2, an open source IT infrastructure management solution for Linux, with improvements focused on lowering costs, improving DevOps efficiency, and easily managing large, complex deployments across IoT, cloud and container infrastructures.

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Peppermint 9 Offers Some Cool New Options


Peppermint 9 accomplishes something most other Linux distros don’t: It melds the best components from other desktop environments and integrates them into a solid operating system. The latest release nearly completes a process begun several upgrades ago, using more Xfce elements and fewer LXDE components. Peppermint is a good alternative to the Linux Mint Xfce release with a sprinkling of Cinnamon to spice up the desktop a bit more. Peppermint also uses Ice — a cloud and Web application management tool.

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Can Hackers Crack the Ivory Towers?


Just like leaders in every other field you can imagine, academics have been hard at work studying information security. Most fields aren’t as replete with hackers as information security, though, and their contributions are felt much more strongly in the private sector than in academia. The differing motives and professional cultures of the two groups act as barriers to direct collaboration, noted Anita Nikolich in her “Hacking Academia” presentation at CypherCon. For starters, academics and hackers have very distinct incentives.

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Crate.io Releases Commercial Machine Data Platform


Crate.io has introduced a commercial Machine Data Platform, along with a new version of its open source SQL database for the Internet of Things and machine data. The company also announced an US$11 M Series A funding round. The Machine Data Platform is Crate.io’s first major commercial venture following last year’s initial steps toward selling services around its free database, noted Andy Ellicott, chief product and marketing officer at the company. Crate.io has reached several critical fiscal and technical milestones since then.

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