City Council of Barcelona switches from Microsoft Windows to Linux

For about almost a decade the German city of Munich remained a pioneer of “Linux migration” when it would come to the public sector institutions. It was a big win1 for the open source software community. Munich even had its own brewed Linux distribution called LiMux2, the “M” standing for Munich. In late 2017 though news3 came that the Munich city council decided to roll-back to Microsoft. While that was definitely a saddening news for the community, around the same time the Spanish city of Barcelona decided to adopt open source software. [Read More]

Office.com, a change in strategy

Last year, during the virtual launch of Visual Studio 2013 I met a bunch of Microsoft folks. I was discussing Office 365 with Arnaud Meslier, Technology Evangelist at Microsoft, and sharing my concern about the webapps not being compatible with Linux. That’s when he assured me compatibility is on way. Weeks later I subscribed to the paid service and Office 365 was indeed working on my openSUSE machine using Firefox browser. [Read More]

Skype “no sound” fix

I installed Skype v4.2 on openSUSE 13.1 KDE 64bit. Although having PulseAudio configured, there was no sound in Skype. I checked around and found this announcement: PulseAudio 4.0 and SkypeBy Arun | Published: August 2, 2013 This is a public service announcement for packagers and users of Skype and PulseAudio 4.0. In PulseAudio 4.0, we added some code to allow us to deal with automatic latency adjustment more gracefully, particularly for latency requests under ~80 ms. [Read More]

Visual Studio 2013 virtual launch

Following Arnaud’s invitation to attend the Virtual launch of Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 today, I visited Microsoft Indian Ocean Islands office at the Dias Pier Building, Caudan. A nice & cozy place among the hustle-bustle of Port-Louis. Avinash Seetaram & Pawan came along with me. We went on the 7th Floor to find an open space with almost no indication about offices on that floor. So, I called up Jochen who reached earlier. [Read More]

Microsoft Windows Command Line Cheat-Sheet

I can imagine my friends’ sarcastic smiles when they will read this post. Being an open source advocate I don’t often write about Microsoft Windows or other proprietary software. Well, during the day I had a discussion on facebook with Sacheetabye who was having trouble getting XAMPP to work on her Windows machine. I tried helping her through the various screenshots she sent me but it finally got solved when she gave me hands on the machine through TeamViewer. [Read More]