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Even though Skype for Linux is unlike most applications available on any Linux installation, that is, it is a proprietary application, it has long been a popular chat and VoIP application for many users, not for free software purists, but for those that do not care about the core philosophies of free software.

If you belong to that group, that is, if any of the core principles of free software does not come into play in your decision to use or not use a software, the latest news about Skype should make you think twice about using it.

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In a recent article published in the The Washington Post, Craig Timberg and Ellen Nakashima reports that “Skype … has expanded its cooperation with law enforcement authorities to make online chats and other user information available to police…”

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This should not come as a shock to anybody, considering that Skype is now owned by Microsoft, the anti-Linux and anti-free software company, whose operating system and other software products are riddled with backdoors.

If you use Skype for Linux and if this development bothers, just know that there are alternatives, and they could already be installed or available in the repository of your favorite Linux distribution.

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  1. I completely agree what is said here about word processing and wide screen displays, but for spreadsheets I think you actually do want to have a wider display area for your document, and this layout clearly impacts that.

    1. It’s actually the best UI I have seen in Office/Graphical applications, perfect for modern widescreens.
      Would have been better to make a screenshot with KDE instead of using Gnome/Unity, it’s even more beautiful.
      Bill, you should try it before bashing.

    2. Well I also thought it was strange when I saw it first. But I got interested when they mentioned that it was much better suited to wide LCDs of today. So I’ve been trying Calligra for some hours now and yes at first it is a bit strange since no other office suite does it this way. But after a while you really get used to it and it all starts to make a lot of sense and is very usable. And the vertical space you gain by this is priceless since you can see more of the actual document you are working on. So far I like it a lot. And it is also a lot faster and uses much less memory than LibreOffice or OpenOffice.org. I’m going to try to use Calligra in production in the future and see how it goes. Who know maybe it will even become my min office suite. I also have to try the other components which are not available in LO/OOo.

      1. Have you tried importing MS office documents into any of the components, say, Calligra Words or Sheets?

        If you did, how did the formating hold up?

        1. “Have you tried importing MS office documents …”

          The format might not come out perfect with Calligra, but have you tried LO yourself. I believe mostly it will come out pretty good. And since both Calligra & LibreOffice use ODF, you can use LO for the time being and until Calligra import is fixed. But of course, that depends on the extra benefits you get from Calligra.

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