The Cyberunions Podcast: Episode Eleven

Integrate a little Freedom into your Office

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We discuss the weather. Summer in Scotland fell on a weekend this year. This pleases us.

2:20 Rescuing an old laptop

6:10 Mobile phone operating systems
8:35 A visit to the Free Software Foundation
15:00 You don’t have to install Linux – you can run Free Software Windows or OS X
  • Firefox is a great Open Source browser
  • Plenty of free office software out there
  • AbiWord is a lightweight word processor – lean and effective
  • LibreOffice Writer
  • Open word processors can open almost any document format, and save in any format too – unlike Microsoft Word
  • Integrates seamlessly with Word
  • Don’t waste your money on Microsoft Word
  • LibreOffice includes spreadsheet, presentationdatabase and other software.
  • Exports to PDF.
  • The Free Software Foundation Open Document campaign.
  • The Document Foundation
  • NeoOffice for OS X
  • Zotero is a LibreOffice and Firefox plugin for citations
  • Fight the power! Unions should reject Word documents from employers.
28:00 Feedback
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  1. Hi, I’m writing this in my thinkpad t410 o great computer but really difficult to find here in Mexico.
    When you can, say Hello to Stallman for me =] haha.
    There is a very useful program called Latex that I use a lot since I have to write technical and scientific
    documentation is very nice and powerful and free!!.
    Can you someday talk about cloud computing, pros and cons? that will be nice.
    Well that is all.
    Greetings from Guadalajara.
    May the force be with you. =)

    • Joaqin,

      Thanks for the question, we do address cloud computing in a future episode not necessarily in the form of pros and cons but really concerns and possible solution in development now. I think RMS will be closer to you as he is traveling in South America and then Central America (Guatemala) soon, at least from what I saw on his comments, but if I do see him again I will say hi for you 🙂


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