Munich mk2? Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein plans to switch 25,000 PCs to LibreOffice

Another German region tries to ditch closed code for open source.

From the department of If At First You Don’t Succeed Try Try Again comes news that a German state is to have a crack at shifting thousands of PCs from proprietary software to an open-source alternative.

In this instance, it is the north-German state of Schleswig-Holstein that is aiming to ditch proprietary code, including Microsoft Office, in favour of open-source software. According to open-source productivity platform LibreOffice, 25,000 PCs will be running its wares by the end of 2026.

In an interview, digital minister for the region, Jan Philipp Albrecht, explained while LibreOffice would be the locally installed option, in the longer term the expectation was that most work would be done within the browser.

New firefighting tool delivers water directly to blazing EV batteries

Technique uses less water to bring battery temps down to normal.

In April, a Tesla Model S crashed in The Woodlands, Texas, after the speeding driver failed to negotiate a turn and jumped the curb. The car then hit a drainage culvert and a raised maintenance hole before being stopped by a tree, according to an investigation report by the National Transportation Safety Board. At that point, the Tesla promptly burst into flames.

Firefighters needed four hours to douse the flames, in part because the battery kept reigniting. When the blaze was finally over, about 30,000 gallons of water had been poured on it—what the department normally uses in a month.


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Splinkは、2017年の創業以来、認知症予防の促進を目指し、脳ドック用AIプログラムとして「Brain Life Imaging」の提供を進めてきた。都内を中心に様々な医療機関が利用しており、今後全国への普及・拡大を推進するという。また、この先行サービスで得られた知見を活用し、開発を進めてきた「脳画像解析プログラムBraineer」では、診断・治療フェーズにおける認知症見逃しを防ぐ医療機器プログラムとして2021年6月に薬事認可を取得した。
同社は、今回の増資により主力製品Brain Life ImagingおよびBraineerの製品強化を引き続き進めるという。さらに、複数アカデミアとの共同研究を通じて開発パイプラインの製品化に向けた投資も実施する。認知症という高齢化社会における課題に対し、健常段階の予防から発症後の病気と共生できる社会に寄与すべく、認知症の予防から診断まで一貫したソリューションをワンストップで提供するとしている。

Linux now has a stable build of Microsoft Edge

Back in October 2020, Microsoft started testing its Chromium-based Edge browser on Linux via the Dev channel. It also hit the Beta channel in May of this year as the company continued to expand its capabilities on the platform. That said, a stable build hasn’t been available, until now.

As spotted by Naked Security, the Yum repository for Edge now lists stable builds of the browser alongside the previously available Dev and Beta releases. According to the index, the following versions were released on October 28 and October 29, respectively:
microsoft-edge-stable-95.0.1020.38-1.x86_64.rpm, microsoft-edge-stable-95.0.1020.40-1.x86_64.rpm

The RPM packages can be extracted and installed on a Linux machine and work fine, according to Naked Security. Interestingly, Microsoft doesn’t seem to have an announcement blog post yet regarding this major milestone. The browser’s dedicated download page still does not list Linux and the only mentions of Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, and openSUSE can be found on its Edge Insider website, which contains Dev and Beta builds. We’ll update this article with more information once Microsoft publishes a blog post detailing the improvements of the stable build.

Mitsubishi plans to pull the plug on its television making business

Mitsubishi Electric Corp. announced on Nov. 1 it will downsize its liquid crystal display television (LCD TV) business, effectively withdrawing from producing TVs.

It had already ended shipping of its TVs to large-scale electronics retail stores in September and will finish up shipments to affiliated small appliance dealers in March 2024.

The major electronics maker will not sell its television business arm to other firms and will instead wind the operation down entirely.

“It became difficult to maintain product competitiveness due to changes in markets,” a company official said.

Sharp Corp., Sony Group Corp. and Panasonic Corp. will continue to produce televisions and sell them.

Mitsubishi Electric launched an LCD TV called Real in 2004. It features a high-quality speaker and an auto-turn function, which allows the user to change the direction of the screen by using a remote.

The products were designed and developed at Mitsubishi Electric’s Kyoto Works in Nagaokakyo, Kyoto Prefecture, and manufactured at factories in Thailand.