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LibreOffice 5.1: The premier open-source office suite just keeps getting better   

LibreOffice is the product of more than 1,000 developers, most of whom are volunteers, and has an estimated 100 million users worldwide. Born in 2010 as a fork of OpenOffice, LibreOffice has taken the lead and left its progenitor in the dust. In keeping with the Document Foundation's time-based release schedule, this latest release comes six months after LibreOffice 5.0 and will be followed by another release in six months' time.

Make no mistake: If you want an open-source office suite, LibreOffice is the one to use. Heck, if you just want a desktop office suite that's free to use, LibreOffice is the best option. That's why it's included with most Linux distributions by default. But it's available for Windows and Mac, too.

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Published on February 10, 2016 by Paul Illingworth
Microsoft fixes 36 flaws in IE, Edge, Office, Windows, .NET Framework   

February's Patch Tuesday brought 12 security bulletins, five of which Microsoft rated critical

Microsoft released its second batch of security updates for this year, addressing a total of 36 flaws in Internet Explorer, Edge, Office, Windows and .NET Framework.

SAP slaps patch on leaky factory software

SAP's February round of critical software updates includes one for SAP Manufacturing Integration and


The patches are covered in 12 security bulletins, five of which are rated critical. There is also a thirteenth bulletin, also critical, for Flash Player. Although it's maintained by Adobe, Flash Player is included with Internet Explorer 11 and Edge, so Microsoft is distributing Adobe's patches through Windows Update.

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Published on February 10, 2016 by Paul Illingworth  --  Revised on February 10, 2016
Analysis of the top 10 linux distributions of 2015   

The point of this article is to look at the top 10 Linux distributions as listed on Distrowatch for the year 2015 and analyse their suitability for the average Joe.

The criteria for an Everyday Linux distribution is as follows:

Must be relatively easy to install

Must have an intuitive desktop environment

Must be easy to use

Must have a standard set of applications pre-installed (i.e. web browser, audio player, media player)

Must have a decent package manager in order to install further software

Must be ready to use from the get go

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Published on February 10, 2016 by Paul Illingworth
Microsoft Security Bulletins For February 2016   

The Microsoft Security Bulletins overview for February 2016 provides you with detailed information about security and non-security patches that Microsoft released for its Windows operating system and other company products since the January 2016 release.

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Published on February 10, 2016 by Bob Uhlman
Curious Case Of Linux Distribution Code Names   

Have you ever wondered about the code name of the latest release of your favorite Linux distribution?

The upcoming Linux Mint 18 has been codenamed Sarah. Ubuntu 16.04 will be called Xenial Xerus. The list goes on like that.

The question about the code-names is really trivial. It doesn't make any difference to how a particular Linux distribution function. Yet, as a curious Linux user, you might want to know the logic behind codename of a release. After all, the code name is an integral part of a release and the dev team puts an effort for that as well, isn't it?

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Published on February 8, 2016 by Paul Illingworth  --  Revised on February 10, 2016
Convergence Becomes Real With First Ubuntu Tablet   

First Ubuntu tablet has been just announced. Canonical, parent company of Ubuntu, and Spanish hardware manufacturer BQ are all set to unveil the first Ubuntu tablet at Mobile World Congress, later this month.

BQ is also the manufacturer of the first Ubuntu Phone. The partnership between Canonical and BQ extends to the tablet as well.

Ubuntu has been running the #reinvent campaign on social media and the web ahead of the launch to generate curiosity over the tablet.

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Published on February 8, 2016 by Paul Illingworth  --  Revised on February 10, 2016
HandyLinux is a English/French Linux version   

HandyLinux is a English/French distribution designed for novice Linux users. It is based on the latest stable version of Debian GNU/Linux and it uses the Xfce desktop environment. The main feature of the distribution is a custom start menu with applications and Internet bookmarks grouped in tabs. HandyLinux integrates the latest versions of the Chromium web browser, LibreOffice office suite, Skype conferencing and messaging client, VLC video player and other popular applications with the stable Debian base.

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Published on February 8, 2016 by Paul Illingworth
Bogus Windows Support Technicians   

The classic tactic involves cold calls -- unsolicited telephone calls -- where callers pose as computer support technicians, frequently from Microsoft itself, and try to convince victims that their computers are infected, often by having them look at Windows' Event Viewer, a log that shows scores of harmless errors. At that point, the hard-sell pitch starts, with the caller urging the consumer to download software or let the "technician" remotely access the PC.

The con artists charge for their bogus "help" and often get people to pay hundreds for worthless support plans or software. Frequently, the scammers use their access to plant malware on the PC, which later surreptitiously harvests online account information and passwords, or they steal files from the system during the call,

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Published on February 8, 2016 by Paul Illingworth  --  Revised on February 10, 2016
How to stay on Windows 7 and 8 forever   

Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users, but not a mandatory one. If you don't want to be nagged to update, here's how to stop the Windows 10 upgrade notifications and run Windows 7 or 8 forever.

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Published on February 6, 2016 by Bob Uhlman
Safer Internet Day 2016   

Safer Internet Day 2016 will take place on the 9th February with the theme Play your part for a better internet!

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

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Published on February 6, 2016 by Paul Illingworth  --  Revised on February 10, 2016
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