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A design professor on replacing Apple and Adobe with open alternatives

We recently came across an excellent article published by Brent Patterson, Assistant Professor of Design at State University of New York College at Buffalo. He describes how open hardware and software have replaced the use of proprietary tools in both his creative process and approach to teaching.

Scribus: powerful open source desktop publishing

For businesses needing to produce content such as brochures, newsletters, posters and business cards, software options have typically fallen on either Microsoft Publisher, or Adobe InDesign. Publisher is strictly entry-level, underpowered for professional use, ships with proprietary file formats—and is only available as part of a costly Microsoft Office bundle.

Mozilla Thunderbird 38 takes aim at Microsoft Outlook

With the release of Mozilla Thunderbird version 38, businesses have an increasingly compelling alternative to Microsoft's costly, proprietary Outlook email client. Thunderbird 38 features integrated calendaring and tasks management – previously offered via the Lightning add-on, but now part of the core Thunderbird experience.

This elevates Thunderbird's already powerful email capabilities into an application which can centrally manage your personal information. In addition:

The big 5.0 is here: Introducing LibreOffice version 5

This week saw the release of LibreOffice 5—the latest major version of the world's leading open source office productivity suite.

Run Windows 10 in Ubuntu with VirtualBox

Earlier, we blogged about using VirtualBox to install a Windows XP virtual machine (VM), running within the Ubuntu operating system (OS). An upcoming update to VirtualBox will let you install Windows 10 as a VM, and use it in exactly the same way:

Ubuntu on Dell: help article round-up

As covered in recent blog posts (see Ubuntu on Dell: "No Anti-virus Required" and Dell further bolsters support for Ubuntu), we're continuing to see a tonne of useful help articles from Dell for running Ubuntu on their business computers. Everything from installing a Dell printer, to running Ubuntu and Windows side-by-side is covered.

French government looks to adopt open standard file formats

Following on from the UK government's landmark decision, recent reports indicate the French government is also looking to replace proprietary Microsoft Office file formats with OpenDocument Format. OpenDocument Format (ODF), is a true industry-standard electronic office document format, supported by the LibreOffice software suite.

LibreOffice is now available from the Mac App Store

For customers using Apple macOS, there are now two ways to try LibreOffice. As well as a conventional download from the main LibreOffice website, it's also now available as a convenient one-step install from the Mac App Store:

Thunderbird supports LaTeX expressions in email

For customers working in science and academia, Thunderbird supports LaTeX expressions and formulas with the LaTeX It! add-on. This can be a huge time-saver when exchanging formula-laden emails with colleagues. Simply type the desired expression, press the "LaTeX It!" toolbar icon, and the expression is converted into the corresponding formula:

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