LibreOffice, Leaping Lizards, and Liquid Lemurs
Personal reports from the recent LibreOffice conference were few, but today Rajesh Ranjan shared his experience. Bruce Byfield today said, "Sometimes, losing a Linux desktop is the best way to appreciate it" as he muddles through the absence of KDE. Ubuntu celebrates its 11 year path to convergence as eWeek.com looks at upcoming 15.10 features. Elsewhere, Scott Gilbertson reviews openSUSE 42.1 and Jack Germain said Liquid Lemur Linux has promise.
OMG!Ubuntu remembered Ubuntu's eleventh birthday Tuesday looking back at the first release "Warts and all" and putting together some stats for number lovers. They state, for example, that there are 40 million estimated Ubuntu users after 3 phones and 22 releases of the number 1 most popular Linux for the cloud. They've even constructed an Ubuntu timeline of each release with its most notable feature.
In related news, Richard Collins yesterday posted about Ubuntu's road to convergence in anticipation of the first Ubuntu smartphone with "a full Ubuntu desktop interface." Mark Shuttleworth said those that know how can go ahead and update to Ubuntu 15.10 and, for those that don't, eWeek.com has a slideshow of upcoming features.
Bruce Byfield nuked his Debian Unstable KDE in an "overly enthusiastic attempt to upgrade" and, as a result, had to resort to using MATE until he could fix it. He said, "The experience is making me aware of all that I miss in KDE." While MATE is his second favorite, it is still woefully lacking in comparison to KDE. MATE's menus are unorganized, the desktop elements are old-fashioned and limited, and it's built around the application. He concluded, "I can hardly wait for the weekend and a restored KDE system."
The Register's Scott Gilbertson test drove a recent developmental version of openSUSE 42.1 Leap and noticed right off the bat some new features in the installer. He chose KDE because "openSUSE's is one of the slickest KDE implementations around" although he noticed it's a bit leaner and simplified from past releases. However, Gilbertson notes it still retains its "very professional feel." He said, "The powerful tools in YaST, the stability of SUSE Linux Enterprise, the latest packages from Tumbleweed make Leap compelling. I strongly suggest giving Leap a try."
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