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Use Ubuntu virtual machines to protect against Windows ransomware

We've previously blogged (here and here) about the benefits of running Microsoft Windows as a virtual machine (VM) within Ubuntu. To recap, VMs enable a best of both worlds scenario for businesses: the incredible productivity and cost advantages of Ubuntu, combined with the ability to easily retain Windows-specific software where needed.

Insert PDFs as images in LibreOffice Writer

LibreOffice 5.3 features the ability to insert PDFs as images into LibreOffice Writer documents. This is useful for customers who wish to use existing PDFs as image source material, without having to go through the hassle of converting to an image file format such as JPEG or PNG.

The process is exactly the same as inserting any other image file into a document. We've summarised it in the following brief screecast.

LibreOffice reviewed by TechRadar: "truly remarkable"

Cat Ellis, writing for TechRadar magazine, awarded LibreOffice a near-perfect score in a recent review. It's an entirely accurate assessment—and a great takeaway summary for business owners looking to migrate from Microsoft Office. Some of review's highlights:

Wanna Cry ransomware highlights (Windows) elephant in the room

When we last blogged about the prominent strain of Microsoft Windows-specific ransomware known as CryptoLocker, we predicted that it would be swiftly followed by ". . . many variants . . .

Sample LibreOffice Business Case

We're pleased to share with our readers a sample LibreOffice business case. This can assist technical staff and managers looking at office software replacement options with building a strong proposal for LibreOffice. The sample is provided under a Creative Commons license, which means you can modify its content to suit your particular use case.

Leading author Neil Gaiman chooses LibreOffice

When you're one of the world's most celebrated, well-known and well-loved authors, the recipient of multiple awards (including the Nebula, Hugo, and British National Book Awards), with your work being turned into a major new television series, and legions of fans...

Remote control LibreOffice slideshow presentations

In today's feature highlight, we're going to check out the LibreOffice Impress Remote smartphone app. This enables full remote control of your LibreOffice Impress slideshow presentations from the comfort and convenience of your personal Android or iOS-powered smartphone. Connectivity is simply over Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth connection. Once installed and active, you can swipe through your presentation slides using intuitive touch-based gestures.

Simplenote—a slick note-taking app for Ubuntu

(Updated August 22nd 2016: Simplenote is now open source across all platforms, heralding an accelerated rate of innovation.)

Microsoft to increase Office 365 prices for New Zealand customers

New Zealand-based Microsoft resellers are presently advising their customers of Microsoft's intention to increase subscription costs by 22 percent for Office 365, taking effect on 1st April 2016. Businesses should ignore resellers' boilerplate statements in defence of Microsoft, and instead view this as clear evidence of the risks of using proprietary, closed-source office software. Microsoft's exclusive control of Office 365 enables them to set pricing and terms as they see fit—benefiting their shareholders but to the detriment of their customers.

Watermarks template for LibreOffice Writer

Customers using LibreOffice in business environments may wish to insert various standard watermarks in their text documents. Creating watermarks in LibreOffice Writer usually involves a degree of advance setup—but once prepared, watermarks can be easily inserted using page styles.

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