A comparison of the features of LibreOffice 5.0.4 (download) and Microsoft Office 2016. It separates major and minor feature differences and also includes notes on LibreOffice extensions. The comparison highlights differences and therefore does not display any features which are present in both office suites.
Geeks often describe programs as being “open source” or “free software.” If you’re wondering exactly what these terms mean and why they matter, read on. (No, “free software” doesn’t just mean that you can download it for free.)
Whether a program is open-source or not doesn’t just matter to developers, it ultimately matters for users, too. Open-source software licenses give users freedoms they would not otherwise have.
Microsoft hasn’t exactly been endearing themselves to tech geeks everywhere lately, with all the privacy concerns and other issues. And now they are automatically downloading all of Windows 10 to your Windows 7 or 8 PC, whether you asked for it or not.
To be clear, they aren’t automatically installing Windows 10, but they are downloading the entire installer, which is at least 3 GB, which takes up a lot of drive space, and also wastes your network bandwidth. For people who don’t have unlimited bandwidth, this can seriously cost you a lot of money.
Microsoft has really pushed Windows 10 to the point where it’s getting annoying — first they automatically installed a service that ran all the time to show the Get Windows 10 icon, and then they started automatically downloading Windows 10 onto people’s computers even when they didn’t want it. Now because of an “accident” they automatically triggered the installer on some people’s computers.
With malware attacks on the increase, why not simply switch to Linux and avoid the hassle? These attacks invariably target Windows and sometimes Mac, but not Linux. Why? – because Linux is too secure for the hackers to bother with, when the world is full of easy targets (Windows computers).
OK, so somebody’s bound to tell me that Linux malware exists – and I say “show me just one of those that exists in the wild, traversing the internet and causing trouble for computer users!”
Excerpts from the Wikipedia article about Linux malware …
Linux is everywhere. If you peer into the smallest smart phone, to the virtual backbone of the Internet, or the largest and most powerful supercomputer, you’ll find Linux. That’s no simple feat given the range of capabilities expected from these platforms. Discover the omnipresence of Linux and how it supports devices large and small as well as everything in between.
There’s a lesson to be learned here for all of us…
I mean, look at this rubbish! Shops selling pirated software that won’t update and leaves customers open to viruses, etc. The solution is so simple, so why isn’t it being put into practice? Just use Linux – no viruses, no registration fees, no licencing headaches!
So many IT shops seem scared they may lose business by moving away from the Microsoft products so well known to many of their customers – yet those same shops are prepared to lose their entire business through prosecution for violating Microsoft’s terms. Well, shop owners, I ask you, what part of your anatomy is that huge company squeezing to make you scream so?
Apple makes some great hardware, but their closed eco system is far from Linux-friendly. Thankfully it can be done – here’s how you can use your iPad, iPhone and iPod with your Ubuntu Linux computer…
As they say, once you are on top, you can only go one way. After being (largely unopposed) the number one distribution in the Distrowatch page hit ranking statistics since April 2005, Ubuntu has finally been dethroned. Ironically, it’s one of its many derivatives, Linux Mint, a distribution sometimes referred to as “Ubuntu done right”, that assumed the top spot late last week.
Read the truth behind so-called “Secure Boot” and sign the statement – show computer manufacturers, governments, and Microsoft that you care about protecting your freedom.
Microsoft has announced that if computer makers wish to distribute machines with the Windows 8 compatibility logo, they will have to implement a measure called “Secure Boot.” However, it is currently up for grabs whether this technology will live up to its name, or will instead earn the name Restricted Boot.