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03 Jul 2017
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Happy 23rd birthday to FreeDOS! [64734]
Network World, June 29th 2017

"Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, I was a big DOS user. I used DOS for everything: writing papers for class, doing lab analysis, dialing into the campus computer lab. I loved the DOS command line. I considered myself something of a DOS "power user" at the time, and I even wrote my own utilities to expand the MS-DOS command line.

So I was a bit irritated in 1994 when Microsoft announced, by way of doing interviews with tech magazines of the time, that MS-DOS would soon go away...."
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26 Jun 2017
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LibreOffice 5.3.4 Immediately Available For Download [64603]
The Document Foundation, June 26th 2017

The Document Foundation (TDF) announced the availability of LibreOffice 5.3.4, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users. LibreOffice 5.3.4 integrates over 100 patches, with a significant number of fixes for interoperability with Microsoft Office RTF and OOXML documents.
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12 Jun 2017
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Parted Magic Disk Partitioning Live CD Updated With Linux 4.11.4, ZFS On Linux [64308]
Softpedia, June 12th 2017

"Powered by the latest Linux 4.11.4 kernel, Parted Magic 2017_06_12 includes all sorts of up-to-date components, including the Clonezilla 3.25.11 partition and disk imaging/cloning program, the Wxfixboot 2.0.1 tool for modifying and fixing bootloaders, as well as the DDRescue-GUI 1.7.1 graphical user interface for GNU ddrescue.

On top of that, the new Parted Magic updated ISO snapshot ships with zfs-linux drivers and a screen magnifier, FileZilla 3.25.1 as default FTP program instead of gFTP, and it looks like the X.Org components have been updated to their latest versions. Many bugs and security vulnerabilities have been fixed in Parted Magic 2017_06_12..."
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12 Jun 2017
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Why Open Source Is Really Disrupting Enterprise Software [64336]
Forrester, June 12th 2017

"I had an epiphany today about a major reason open source is disrupting enterprise software. This is perhaps one of those things that you have heard so much, you've gone numb to it. All the big giants are still alive and kicking, however; so is this really happening? The answer is yes, however the mechanics are not what you think. It is not simply just a cost play. The acquisition - one of the main weapons that big software vendors had to fight disruptors - is losing effectiveness. And that changes everything. Allow me to explain:.."
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05 Jun 2017
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Hacking The Nazis: The Secret Story Of The Women Who Broke Hitler's Codes [64087]
TechRepublic, June 5th 2017

"Of the 10,000-plus staff at the Government Code and Cypher School during World War II, two-thirds were female. Three veteran servicewomen explain what life was like as part of the code-breaking operation during World War II...

It was Ruth Bourne's first job out of college, when, like thousands of other young British women during World War II, she was recruited to aid the Allied cipher-breaking efforts at Bletchley Park.

Today, the mansion in the heart of the southeast English countryside is famous for being where the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing cracked the Nazi's Enigma code..."
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02 Jun 2017
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As Open-Source Adoption Skyrockets In Enterprise, Linux Addresses Ease Of Use [63907]
SilconAngle, June 2nd 2017

"Open source technology is not just a tool for developers anymore. Two 2016 surveys highlight the prevalence of open-source adoption for businesses of all sizes. Both surveys indicate that around 90 percent of respondents - comprised of enterprise, mid-market and small businesses - have all entered into the open-source ecosystem..."
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