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Articles for the keywords: Simon Phipps
23 Mar 2014 2014 is the year of the Linux desktop [35415]
Infoworld, March 14th, 2014

"Wait, isn't the Linux desktop dead? As I observed last year, it all depends on how you define it," writes Simon Phipps in Infoworld.

"Many of us had expected a revolutionary overthrow of Windows by something that was, for all intents and purposes, just Windows with Linux under the hood. Instead, we have Chrome OS and Android, which are both essentially Linux, along with services delivered through the browser by cloud providers that run Linux on their servers..."
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23 Mar 2014 5 bitcoin exchanges you can use right now [35421]
Infoworld, March 14th ,2014

"Over the last six months, I've been experimenting with a representative sample of what I hoped would be the best bitcoin services online: CEX.IO and GHash.io, Bitstamp, Coinbase, Kraken, and Mt. Gox," writes Simon Phipps in Infoworld.

"During the course of my testing, one (Mt. Gox) went bust, the value of a bitcoin fluctuated between $400 and $1,100, and endless pundits declared it all over. But it's still here, and I believe the idea -- and possibly bitcoin itself -- will be a fundamental force for change in the meshed society the Internet is creating..."
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18 May 2013 LibreOffice 4.0.3 [31011]
For Windows, OS X and Linux,

The Document Foundation (TDF) has released LibreOffice 4.0.3, for Windows, OS X and Linux, the third minor release of LibreOffice 4.0 family. OS X Intel packages are now signed by The Document Foundation, to pass OS X Gatekeeper security without user intervention.

In the meantime, another large migration to LibreOffice has been announced, as the government of Spain's autonomous region of Extremadura has just begun the switch to free software of desktop PCs and expects the majority of its 40,000 PCs to be migrated by the end of 2013. Extremadura estimates that the move to open source – including LibreOffice – will help save 30 million Euro per year.

Community is growing too. After the success of the LibreOffice Impress Sprint in Germany, it is now the turn of the first LibreOffice Bay Area Meetup. It will take place on May 11, 2013 starting at 2pm in the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, California. Bjoern Michaelsen will be there for some good Q&A, and most importantly for some hands-on work on how to get involved in the project, with Simon Phipps keynoting about 'Foundations and Empires'.
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13 May 2013 Sun Microsystems' stars: Where are they now? [30998]
Bechtolsheim, McNealy, Joy, Khosla, Gage, Schwartz, ...

Sun's stars: Where are they now?

Julie Sartain writes in Network World, "Sun was founded Andy Bechtolsheim, Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy and Bill Joy in 1982. Sun went public in 1986 and was raking in $1 billion in annual sales by 1988. One of the brightest lights in Silicon Valley for more than two decades, Sun's bread and butter was high-performance workstations and servers running Sun's SPARC chips and Sun's Solaris operating system. The company was also a staunch open source supporter. Among Sun's many innovations were NFS (network file system) and Java...":

  • Andy Bechtolsheim
  • Vinod Khosla
  • Scott McNealy
  • Bill Joy
  • Eric Schmidt
  • John Gage
  • Jonathan Schwartz
  • Tim Bray
  • Simon Phipps
  • Charles Nutter
  • James Gosling

Read on to find out where these and other Sun Alumni have landed.
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07 Dec 2012 Triumph and disaster: Two migrations to OpenOffice [28789]
Simon Phipps Sorts Out the Experiences of Munich vs. Freiburg RE: Microsoft to LibreOffice

Simon Phipps analyzed a tale of two migrations -- Microsoft to LibreOffice. One resulted in a successful, cost-effective move; the other in a costly reversion to Word 2000. Freiburg, Germany was the site of the unhappy outcome; Munich the locale where things went right. Phipps speculates that Freiburg had one thing in mind: cost cutting -- an invitation to failure. Munich invested in training and securing freedom from proprietary constraints. Moreover, Munich's migration was categorical. Freiburg's was piecemeal, with some users opting out of the migration altogether. Phipps cautions against relying too heavily on the possibility of "interoperability" in productivity migrations.
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