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Lyx releases new version- now if only there was a SIMPLE way to put R code in a Lyx existing text class (having tried Sweave and sweaved myself into knots ! :(
and I hope Ubuntu Linux 10.10 netbook fixes the curious case of disappearing menu bar in Lyx
(Hint start Lyx using from the terminal:
Latest News from the
We are pleased to announce the release of LyX 1.6.9
Beta Release: LyX 2.0.0 beta 4 released.
February 6, 2011
We are pleased to announce the fourth public pre-release of LyX 2.0.0.
Except usual bugfixing we fixed random crashes connected with the new background export and compilation feature.
As far as new features is considered it is now possible
- to set the table width,
- customize the language package per document,
- export LyX files as a single archive containing linked material (e.g. images) directly via export menu.
Since this is most probably the last beta release we also added convertor for old (1.6) preference files which are automatically checked on the startup now.
- A Special Graphics Device in R: the Null Device (r-bloggers.com)
- How do you explain reproducible research to clients? (r-bloggers.com)
- Firefox 4 beta 11 released, more bugs stomped, beta 12 still to come (downloadsquad.switched.com)
- Do Not Track arrives in Firefox beta, ad industry not on board yet (arstechnica.com)
- How to create PDF reports with R (revolutionanalytics.com)
- pgfSweave 1.1.3 and Beyond (r-bloggers.com)
- makefiles for Sweave, R and LaTeX using Eclipse on Windows (r-bloggers.com)
- Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narhwal” Alpha 2 Released (techie-buzz.com)
- R with Vim (r-bloggers.com)
You must have heard about Firesheep-
When logging into a website you usually start by submitting your username and password. The server then checks to see if an account matching this information exists and if so, replies back to you with a “cookie” which is used by your browser for all subsequent requests.
- New Firefox Add-On Detects Firesheep, Protects You on Open Networks (mashable.com)
- Protection From FireSheep (Hint: It’s Not BlackSheep) (readwriteweb.com)
- Shearing Firesheep (zdnet.com)
- Firesheep: Facebook, Twitter Password Hijacking Made Easy (nowpublic.com)
- BREAKING: FireSheep Brings Public WiFi Security Vulnerability (daaaveeeee.wordpress.com)
Some ambiguity about Libre Office and why it needed to change from Open Office- just when Open Office seemed so threatening on the desktop
Q: So is this a breakaway project?
A: Not at all. The Document Foundation will continue to be focused on developing, supporting, and promoting the same software, and it’s very much business as usual. We are simply moving to a new and more appropriate organisational model for the next decade – a logical development from Sun’s inspirational launch a decade ago.
Q: Why are you calling yourselves “The Document Foundation”?
A: For ten years we have used the same name – “OpenOffice.org” – for both the Community and the software. We’ve decided it removes ambiguity to have a different name for the two, so the Community is now “The Document Foundation”, and the software “LibreOffice”. Note: there are other examples of this usage in the free software community – e.g. the Mozilla Foundation with the Firefox browser.
Q: Does this mean you intend to develop other pieces of software?
A: We would like to have that possibility open to us in the future…
Q: And why are you calling the software “LibreOffice” instead of “OpenOffice.org”?
A: The OpenOffice.org trademark is owned by Oracle Corporation. Our hope is that Oracle will donate this to the Foundation, along with the other assets it holds in trust for the Community, in due course, once legal etc issues are resolved. However, we need to continue work in the meantime – hence “LibreOffice” (“free office”).
Q: Why are you building a new web infrastructure?
A: Since Oracle’s takeover of Sun Microsystems, the Community has been under “notice to quit” from our previous Collabnet infrastructure. With today’s announcement of a Foundation, we now have an entity which can own our emerging new infrastructure.
Q: What does this announcement mean to other derivatives of OpenOffice.org?
A: We want The Document Foundation to be open to code contributions from as many people as possible. We are delighted to announce that the enhancements produced by the Go-OOo team will be merged into LibreOffice, effective immediately. We hope that others will follow suit.
Q: What difference will this make to the commercial products produced by Oracle Corporation, IBM, Novell, Red Flag, etc?
A: The Document Foundation cannot answer for other bodies. However, there is nothing in the licence arrangements to stop companies continuing to release commercial derivatives of LibreOffice. The new Foundation will also mean companies can contribute funds or resources without worries that they may be helping a commercial competitor.
Q: What difference will The Document Foundation make to developers?
A: The Document Foundation sets out deliberately to be as developer friendly as possible. We do not demand that contributors share their copyright with us. People will gain status in our community based on peer evaluation of their contributions – not by who their employer is.
Q: What difference will The Document Foundation make to users of LibreOffice?
A: LibreOffice is The Document Foundation’s reason for existence. We do not have and will not have a commercial product which receives preferential treatment. We only have one focus – delivering the best free office suite for our users – LibreOffice.
Non Microsoft and Non Oracle vendors are indeed going to find it useful the possiblities of bundling a free Libre Office that reduces the total cost of ownership for analytics software. Right now, some of the best free advertising for Microsoft OS and Office is done by enterprise software vendors who create Windows Only Products and enable MS Office integration better than Open Office integration. This is done citing user demand- but it is a chicken egg dilemma- as functionality leads to enhanced demand. Microsoft on the other hand is aware of this dependence and has made SQL Server and SQL Analytics (besides investing in analytics startups like Revolution Analytics) along with it’s own infrastructure -Azure Cloud Platform/EC2 instances.
- Robert Martinez: Libre vs Open (freegital.de)
- LibreOffice – Google, Novell sponsored OpenOffice fork launched (omgubuntu.co.uk)
- KDE Still Does Not Support LibreOffice (techrights.org)