Google, FSF, SUSE and Red Hat Joins The LibreOffice Advisory Board

A couple of days ago, The Document Foundation announced the formation of the LibreOffice Advisory Board. The function of the LibreOffice Advisory Board will be to provide The Document Foundation with advice, guidance and proposals. The board will also have a say in the future developments and projects of The Document Foundation.

When Oracle gave away OpenOffice.org to the Apache Foundation, I wrote that it did not matter as LibreOffice is where all the action is at. Well, that view has been reaffirmed by four big names joining the LibreOffice Advisory Board Google, FSF, Red Hat and SUSE.

This is what Jeremy Allison, member of Google’s Open Source Programs Office, said about Google joining the Advisory board:

The creation of The Document Foundation’s Advisory board is a great step forward for the organization. Google is pleased to be a supporter of The Document Foundation, and to provide funding and advice to advance their work.

The backing of SUSE and Red Hat, the companies behind major Linux distributions such as SUSE, openSUSE, Red Hat and Fedora, means that LibreOffice will continue to be the favored office suite for these Linux distributions. Although, Canonical did not join the board, they too have pledged their support for LibreOffice.

The fact that LibreOffice has got the support of the Free Software Foundation is a big advantage for LibreOffice over OpenOffice.org. Recently the FSF has gone on record saying that users should use LibreOffice over OpenOffice.org. This is what John Sullivan, Executive Director of the FSF said:

The Free Software Foundation is pleased to offer its advise to The Document Foundation. We applaud TDF’s demonstrated commitment to user freedom, and will do our best to help it achieve its free software goals going forward.

The other members of the LibreOffice Advisory Board are Freies Office Deutschland e.V. and Software in the Public Interest. Each of the members of the advisory board will have one representative and will serve for a term of one year.

TeamViewer – Best Desktop Sharing App for Linux

Have you ever had to help someone with their computer over the phone or using text chat? It’s not easy. You can’t be sure that they are in the right place, doing what you want them to do. That’s why remote desktop (screen) sharing applications are so great.

These applications are called by a variety of names such as, remote access, remote support, remote desktop, screen sharing, and desktop sharing. The main idea behind them is that they allow one computer to see another computer’s screen over a network or the internet.

My wife and I have many friends and relatives that come to us for PC help and advice. We’ve used a number of desktop sharing apps over the years and discovered that TeamViewer is one of the best, and it’s free!

Since I’ve been spending a lot of time using Linux lately, I was happy to find that TeamViewer is also available for Linux, as well as Windows, Mac and Smartphones. It’s almost as good as being there, because I can control the remote computer as if I were sitting directly in front of it. When I need to, I can change the direction to show my PC’s screen to the other person. It even makes it easy to share files with the person on the other end.

This image below shows how simple it is to set up. (click image to enlarge it)

Attachmate Corporation to Acquire Novell for $2.2 Billion

Attachmate Corporation has agreed to buy Novell for a sum of 2.2 billion. Novell was up for sale, was accepting buyers on Wednesday, and has finally agreed to sell. Novell got a  buyout offer earlier this year from Elliott Associates, which was valued at $1.8 billion.

Novell is also selling its intellectual property separately to CPTN Holdings at $450 million. CPTN Holdings is a consortium of technology companies with Microsoft as its head. This has raised some concerns in the Linux world as Novell IP with MS is like the magic sword falling into the hands of the wrong people.

The  Novell press release says,

Novell also announced it has entered into a definitive agreement for the concurrent sale of certain intellectual property assets to CPTN Holdings LLC, a consortium of technology companies organized by Microsoft Corporation, for $450 million in cash, which cash payment is reflected in the merger consideration to be paid by Attachmate Corporation.

Attachmate corporation has decided to run Novell as two separate units, one as Novell itself and another as SUSE Linux. Novell expects both the transactions to end by the first quarter of 2011 and this will mark the end of long standing rumors of Novell selling out that started in 1990.

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Novell gets a Buyout Offer, Attracts more Buyers

Novell the company behind Suse Linux has recently received an unsolicited buyout offer from Elliott Associates, a hedge fund. The offer states the value of Novell at $1.8 billion. The Wall street Journal wrote,

Elliott Associates LP, a hedge fund that holds an 8.5% stake in Novell Inc., offered to buy the rest of the software company for about $1.8 billion.

This report has sparked up some recent changes. Some believe that the company will have Microsoft amongst prospective buyers besides HP, SAP Oracle and IBM. This has caused prices of Novell shares to drop by 26 percent. The offer to buy the company for $5.57 per share in cash, and investors are sure of the buyout happening.

Novell has been the center of attraction for buyout rumors from 1990. The services and software offered by Novell are largely varied and have become popular over time. At the current scenario, dropping prices means that investors can see a huge risk factor involved in sticking to Novell any further. Also, the response to the buyout news this time is indicative of a good chance of the buyout actually happening. Thevarguy has listed all the possible buyers and their relations with Novell. The only question here is that what happens to Suse Linux then?