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KDE: Multi-Axes Made Easy

Today we want to introduce the last of the new features we are implementing into the 2.9 release which we have recently finalized. To demo this new feature, let’s use an example contributed by one of our users. This example is based upon the measurement data from a solar cell. The so-called “incident photon to current efficiency” (IPCE) tells us how many incoming photons are converted into free electrons in the cell. This conversion efficiency, together with the generated current and their dependency on the wavelength of the incoming light, are the usual subjects of studies and optimizations for solar cells. Consider the example where we want to plot the IPCE and the current density in the same plot and to see their behavior as a function of the wavelength. Your first idea may be to just lay out the curves for the plot like this... Read more

Android Leftovers

Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Microsoft Dynamics 365

Microsoft’s stance for decades was that community creation and sharing of communal code (later to be known as free and open source software) represented a direct attack on their business. Their battle with Linux stretches back many years. Back in 2001, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously tarnished Linux “a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches”. Microsoft also initiated its “Get the Facts” marketing campaign from mid-2003, which specifically criticized Linux server usage, total cost of ownership, security, indemnification and reliability. The campaign was widely criticized for spreading misinformation. However, in recent years, there has been a partial shift by Microsoft to embrace the open source software paradigm. For example, some of their code is open sourced. Examples include Visual Studio Code, .NET Framework, Atom, and PowerShell. They have also made investments in Linux development, server technology and organizations including the Linux Foundation and Open Source Initiative. They have made acquisitions such as Xamarin to help mobile app development, and GitHub a hugely popular code repository for open source developers. And they have partnered with Canonical, the developers of the popular Ubuntu distro. But many developers remain hugely sceptical about Microsoft and their apparent shift to embrace open source. Read more