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Links 01/02/2009: More GNU/Linux Sub/notebooks (Android, Indian Education)

Posted in News Roundup at 5:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • Source: Intel prepping for mass roll-out of Android netbooks

    As netbook sales continue to pick up in a struggling world economy, Intel, which makes the Atom processor found in many of those netbooks, is looking towards the future of the market. Specifically, it’s stepping up its efforts to provide the foundation for Google Android-based netbooks to be mass produced, a reliable source tells us.

    Such an effort could yield Android netbooks as early as this year, but 2010 remains a more likely scenario.

  • $10 laptops on anvil for students

    The Human Resource Development Ministry is in the final stages of bringing out a $10- $20 low power device to take the laptop right into the villages and into the hands of practically every student across the country.

  • Money is Not Wealth

    Why would anyone work for free? I could list a whole lot of reasons, but I think they can all be summed up as “To be who we really are.” Coders code. Writers write. Artists make art. Etc…you get the idea. It’s not really working for free anyway, it’s just not getting paid in money. Payment comes in the form of personal satisfaction, creating something excellent and proud-worthy, sharing, being part of something bigger and worthwhile, having the respect and approval of peers and friends, making the world a little bit better. Getting paid to do what you love is the best of all worlds, though you still have to keep your guard up– you have to watch out for the folks who think that giving you money means they own you; that money justifies anything. Money is a tricky bugger.

  • Join us at FOSDEM ‘09

    Next weekend, the Fedora community will be at the ninth Free and Open source Software Developers European Meeting (FOSDEM)–one of the best free and open source events in Europe.

    And this year again, we expect an amazing attendance. More than 40 Fedora ambassadors are coming from different parts of Europe to represent Fedora and welcome visitors. Incredible, when three years ago, there were only two of us. Another reason to say Fedora is more powerful than 2³ and e³!

  • Sibyl Systems to Distribute Ubuntu Linux Exclusively

    Sibyl Systems, a Central New York based IT solutions provider and subcontracting firm today announced that it will exclusively distribute Ubuntu for all future linux deployments.

    Ubuntu (official IPA pronunciation /ùbúntú/ (oo-BOON-too[5])) is a predominantly desktop-oriented Linux distribution, based on Debian GNU/Linux but with a stronger focus on usability, regular releases, and ease of installation. Ubuntu is sponsored by Canonical Ltd, owned by South African billionaire entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Embedded Linux at 10; How’s its Mojo?

      Embedded Linux has now been around for a decade and consistently ranks as one of the top OS choices for device development. But, does it still have its mojo?

      Four distinguished panelists offered their insights on this intriguing topic in a panel discussion at the Real-Time & Embedded Computing Conference this week.

      The session examined Linux’s strengths and weaknesses relative to mobile and embedded applications ranging from handheld consumer gadgets to automotive infotainment systems to carrier-grade telecommunications infrastructure. It also assessed the quality and completeness of the open-source OS’s available development tools.

Package Management

  • NixOS: A Distro Focused on Next-Generation Package Management

    NixOS is not about to challenge Ubuntu or Fedora as a desktop distribution any time soon. But, then, user-friendliness is not its point. Originally developed by Eelco Dolstra as a doctoral project at Utrecht University, and now developed by a small team at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, NixOS is designed as a test of Nix, a new package manager designed to overcome key problems with existing package managers. As a result, what you think of NixOS is likely to depend largely on your interest in package management.

  • Sun Enhancements to OpenSolaris Take Aim at Linux

    Sun Microsystems’ OpenSolaris 2008.11 includes improvements around software package management and incorporating community packaging efforts. The updates to the free Solaris-based OS shows that Sun will not follow IBM and HP in letting Linux take over the platform space once dominated by Unix.

    OpenSolaris 2008.11, the second major release of Sun Microsystems’ freely-licensed, Solaris-based operating system, hit the Web late last year packed with feature enhancements that illustrate that Sun isn’t about to cede the platform stage to Linux, as brothers-in-Unix such as IBM’s AIX and Hewlett-Packard’s HP-UX have done.

Free Software/Open Source

  • AccessApps: The Braveheart Of Computing

    The team behind it really believe in the Open Source movement’s ability to liberate people from the costly, restrictive bonds of proprietary software. There’s no cost involved in using AccessApps, beyond the initial outlay for a USB memory stick – and the price of these has tumbled. Lots of people talk the Open Source talk, but the AccessApps team are walking the walk. I heartily recommend you walk with them.

  • Forget that expensive software!

    The Open Office package contains software with the exact same functionality as available with Microsoft Office Suite.

    The word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software look nearly identical to Microsoft’s, and if you have ever used Microsoft Office Suite, switching over would not be much of an issue.

  • JP Morgan CDS Analytical Engine becoming open source

    “J.P. Morgan has invested a lot of intellectual capital in this analytical engine. Its willingness to assign this to ISDA for us to make it available as open source to the entire industry demonstrates our collective commitment to the integrity of the CDS product,” said Robert Pickel, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, ISDA. “ISDA and its members are vigilant to public concerns around transparency. This is yet another measure of increased standardization in CDS.”

  • JPMorgan sacrifices CDS engine to open source in bid to stave off legislation

    The CDS analytical engine, originally developed by the Quantitative Research group at JPMorgan, is widely used in the industry to price CDS contracts.

    Isda says it will make the technology available as open source code, thereby increasing transparency around CDS pricing.

  • Open Source Drug Discovery | a.k.a OSDD

    The success of Open Source models in Information Technology (For e.g., Web Technology, The Linux Operating System) and Biotechnology (For e.g., Human Genome Sequencing) sectors highlights the urgent need to initiate a similar model in healthcare, i.e., an Open Source model for Drug Discovery.

  • Open-source politics breathe fresh air into the Big Smoke

    In a corner of his wife’s office in the Centre for Social Innovation, in an old red pile on Spadina, Mark Surman is trying to find a spot quiet enough for a phone interview.

    “Tonya, can I sit here or will I drive you guys nuts?” he asks above clattering keyboards.

    “You’ll drive us nuts, but we love you.”


    “Open” is a hot item in Toronto these days. Mr. Surman is an evangelist for the cause of openness. It’s not just free, open software like Firefox, built by a coalition of volunteers and paid staff. It’s open ideas, open information, and now, open government. And activists like his wife are pushing these ideas into the realm of social innovation.

    Nobody ever accused Toronto of being Silicon Valley North. But the ethos of open-ness has caught on, and it’s starting to turn Toronto into a capital of a different kind.

  • Open Source Research Platform: Wireless At WARP Speed

    Nothing kills innovation like having to reinvent the wheel. Imagine how dull your diet would be if you had to build a new stove and hammer out a few cooking pots every time you wanted to test a new recipe. Until just a couple of years ago, electronics researchers testing new high-speed wireless technologies faced just this sort of problem; they had to build every test system completely from scratch.

  • Jitterbit enhances open source software compatibility with Oracle CRM On Demand

    Jitterbit, a provider of open source business integration solutions, has announced advanced features to enhance the compatibility of its open source integration software with Oracle CRM On Demand Release 16.

  • Development

    • Sourceforge’s Mirrored Content Gets a Hand

      With over 180,000 open source projects in its repository, SourceForge.net has a lot of files it needs to track and serve.

      It can become a challenge to manage all those downloads. For the most part, Sourceforge relies on a system of globally distributed mirror sites that help to deliver open source application files and programs to users.

    • DOD launches site to develop open-source software

      Defense Department officials have launched a new Web site where developers can work on open-source software projects specifically for DOD, David Mihelcic, the chief technology officer for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), said today.

      The new site, named Forge.mil, is based on the public site SourceForge.net which hosts thousands of open-source projects, Mihelcic said at an AFCEA Washington chapter lunch in Arlington, Va.

  • PBX


  • US Using Bogus Excuses For Denying Access To ACTA Documents

    And here’s another bit of “transparency” that’s just as lacking in the new administration as the last. For months, those of us concerned about backroom deals on intellectual property treaties bypassing an open legislative process have been demanding more sunlight on negotiations around ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. To date, the various folks negotiating the agreement — which includes both entertainment industry representatives and government trade representatives from around the world — have been averse to any sort of transparency, using the rather weak excuse that such treaties are always negotiated in secret. Amusingly, they even recently held a secret meeting where they promised to be more transparent. That’s comforting.

  • Yes, Artists Build On The Works Of Others… So Why Is It Sometimes Infringement?

    Following on our story the other day about copyright questions concerning the “appropriated art” that became the iconic Obama campaign poster, the Wall Street Journal has an interesting article exploring the fine line between derivative works and transformative works in the art world. As you probably know, derivative works (e.g., making a movie out of a book) are considered copyright infringement, but transformative works are not.

  • SaaS: Service Providers Predict Google Will Beat Microsoft

    Five years from now, Google — rather than Microsoft — will dominate the software as a service (SaaS) market, according to 48 percent of managed service providers who participated in MSPmentor’s reader poll for the week ended January 30, 2009. Here’s a closer look at the poll stats — and a surprising snub involving Oracle.

    MSPmentor asked its readers “Five years from now, who will dominate SaaS?” Exactly 100 readers participated in the poll, and responded as follows:

    * Google, 48%
    * Microsoft, 28%
    * Oracle, 0%
    * None of the above, 20%
    * All of the above, 4%

  • Firms back data protection pledge

    Firms are being encouraged to back a pledge to safeguard the data they hold about citizens and customers.

    Drafted by the Information Commissioner, the Personal Information Promise tries to improve respect for the data companies have gathered.

    Firms and organisations who use data that people surrender do not always take enough care with it, said Richard Thomas, Information Commissioner.

Digital Tipping Point: Clip of the Day

John William Templeton looks at Free Open Source Software and African American culture and innovation 10 (2004)

Ogg Theora

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Vista 7: Broken Apart Before Arrival

Posted in Vista, Vista 7, Windows at 5:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Number 7

WITH VISTA’S name/brand totally tarnished, Microsoft is hurriedly pushing Vista 7 into “release candidate” status (prematurely, naturally). Just over a week ago we wrote about how Microsoft had corrupted the meaning of the term "release candidate", according to its most friendly among analysts (c/f Analysts Cartel [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]).

The Washington Post, despite Microsoft's strong influence on it (more background and details here) is not particularly impressed.

Windows 7: Not Quite The Change We Need


To fix those deeper-seated ailments, however, Microsoft would have had to put in a lot more than two years of work. We might not be able to try out Vista’s replacement for another year or two–but at that point, we might see a dramatically improved operating system that could never be mistaken for a Service Pack update to Vista.

Now, watch this: Windows 7 Beta Flunks Out Of Georgetown

A prestigious Washington, D.C., university has barred students and faculty from using the trial version of Microsoft’s new Windows 7 operating system on school computers.

“Do not install new Microsoft beta release,” states a new warning from Georgetown University’s IT group. “Installing any beta version of software is extremely risky,” the warning states.

Windows fan sites are also downplaying the severe security issues just found in Vista 7:

Malware can turn off UAC in Windows 7; “By design” says Microsoft


As the Windows operating system cannot differentiate between a user clicking a button and a program clicking a button, UAC was initially implemented to always prompt the user via a dialog shown in the Secure Desktop, similar to the login screen.

One of our readers told us that he was unable to remove viruses from Vista because UAC was getting in his away. In other words, UAC permits viruses to enter in whilst blocking those who try to remove these viruses. This almost screams “failure”. According to The Register, Microsoft just doesn’t care about these architectural flaws that compromise security. Vista 7 was already vulnerable to hijacking, without any patches available at the time.

When the buzz marketing and AstroTurfing fade away, it’ll be interesting to see what people think of this version of Windows that lacks sufficient quality control. Why not just download final releases of GNU/Linux instead of some beta?

“In the face of strong competition, Evangelism’s focus may shift immediately to the next version of the same technology, however. Indeed, Phase 1 (Evangelism Starts) for version x+1 may start as soon as this Final Release of version X.”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

Fake Charities, Microsoft-Lenovo, and Microsoft-VMware

Posted in Deception, IBM, Microsoft, Novell, SLES/SLED, Virtualisation at 4:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“You don’t need to buy the company, just destroy them and then take their business.”

Duncan ‘Dragons Den’ Bannatyne

IMPORTANT OBSERVATIONS THAT ought to be made are grouped under this single post although they are separate (and yet related in terms of their theme). Suggestions are welcome if you believe that there is better way to organise our findings. We are still experimenting with layout and presentation based on readers’ feedback.

“Dr. Evil”

This is not a political rant but a matter of understanding how the system works. We wrote about the Gates Foundation yesterday because there is a lot more to be told regarding ways in which such “charities” operate.

PR Watch is a site that we warmly recommend (as does Richard Stallman) and yesterday it published a couple of articles about a very nasty man whom they say “perfected the art of setting up non-profit “charitable” groups to advance corporate interests.” The guy is so criminal minded that even his own son publicly calls him a “mother****ing son of a b**ch.” Yes, even his own son craves to be dissociated from his father’s evils.

Berman has long been the front man through which corporations have aggressively attacked their opponents without leaving fingerprints. Known to his own friends and enemies alike as “Dr. Evil,” Berman has perfected the art of setting up non-profit “charitable” groups to advance corporate interests.


David’s powerful note provides insight into the tortured feelings David has endured as the son of the Lobbyist from Hell. We well agree that Rick Berman is guilty of shamefully obstructing public health and working to crush those who care about public welfare, clean air, the environment, animal rights and other causes. For any normal father, this public note would be excruciatingly painful. For all we know, it might be for Rick Berman, too. But will the pain of this note be enough to change him?

We hope David’s public expression of his feelings about his father’s work will make Rick Berman think about what he is doing to society, if not his family. If it isn’t, well then David, we are on your side and are willing to help you in any way we can.

In another new article you’ll find Rick Berman ‘in action’. It’s worth reminding ourselves that Microsoft is the top lobbyist in its area. Regarding Berman and “charities”, these are sometimes known as “pet charities” and we wrote quite extensively about them before. A lot more could be said about pressure groups also [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6].

Lenovo Takes the Pill

The Lenovo-Microsoft relationship was mentioned here earlier and perhaps it’s a little surprising because of the IBM roots (IBM is no friend of Microsoft). Lenovo has gone as far as neglecting all GNU/Linux distributions other than the ‘Microsoft-approved’ ones, SLED/SLES [1, 2, 3]. These are distributions from which Microsoft is extracting money. “Patent royalties” is what Microsoft openly calls the SUSE voucher.

Well, it seems like Lenovo will be getting some more of Microsoft inside itself pretty shortly.

Lenovo — the personal computer giant — today announced the purchase of Seattle-based Switchbox Labs for an undisclosed price.

Led by former Windows marketing vice president Michael Sievert, Switchbox was relatively unknown until two weeks ago when my TechFlash colleagues uncovered the startup’s name and corporate documents.

That’s the unfortunate side effect of executives who are leaving Microsoft (or getting fired). They land inside other companies where even greater damage can be caused because of "faith" and inter-personal relationships.

Crime is Not Necessarily a “War”

On many occasions we have already mentioned Paul Maritz and his participation in (white-collar) crime inside Microsoft. For patient eyewitnesses and reserachers, this all exists in material which arrived at the United States courts and there is little room for subjectivity.

A few days ago, VMware had a teleconference and therein an innocent observer will find Maritz calling what he did “software wars against IBM, Novell, Netscape and others…”

He said:

I saw Tod in action during some of the big battles of the ‘90s, the big system software wars against IBM, Novell, Netscape and others and since then, Tod has gained deep operational experience at BEA and Boland.

Those who keep an eye on this site may find it cumulative because we’ll be exposing many more of the illegal activities from Paul Maritz & colleagues. And we’ll never forget what he and Tucci have already done to VMware (2008). It is/was utterly disgraceful, but the mainstream press did not cover it properly, if at all. Those who forget or never get informed are bound to be hurt again.

Vale of memory

Andre Da Costa: Profile of a Microsoft Shill

Posted in Microsoft at 3:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“It could be argued that Microsoft’s unethical Technology Evangelism (TE) practices are “old news”—i.e., that Microsoft stopped using these questionable TE practices long ago. This is very unlikely to be the case, for at least three reasons.”

James Plamondon, former Microsoft shill (aka ‘Technology Evangelist’)

We’ve mentioned this chap before, but we never got around to producing much evidence, unlike with others. We strive to map out those whom Microsoft pays (or “compensates”) for their work defending Microsoft on the Web… or anonymously defaming its critics.

This one is not guilty of attacks against Microsoft critics, but mostly for exceptional amount of cheering for Microsoft around the Web; expertise seems to involve a great deal of copying&pasting of Microsoft press releases. If claims are true, he happens to be among people who received laptops from Microsoft because they are influential [1, 2].

“If claims are true, he happens to be among people who received laptops from Microsoft because they are influential.”Many examples have already been accumulated by people who watch this character closely and here is the latest.

One of our readers, who goes by the name “Goblin”, says that “Chips over on Microsoft Watch manag[ed] to find a link to Andre Da Costa and pictures of the laptop he was allegedly given by Microsoft. Look at him, all smiles… I’m not surprised he supports Microsoft, poor lad is probably after more free gifts [...] If the allegation is true, what does it say about Microsoft. Target an impressionable lad in a poor country, send him a gift (which he probably wouldn’t be able to afford) and then sit back and watch him promote your products in the hope of getting more. Sounds like $6000 well spent [...] if its true, is probably one of the lowest acts Microsoft has ever done.”

Another reader remarks: “His face is on his profile page so it is not big news. Target an impressionable lad in a poor country, send him a gift…”

Look at the mouse pad. How can this not be a gift from Microsoft?

None of this should be particularly surprising because he behaves like others who are putting themselves up for sale, e.g.:

# Andre Da Costa May 23rd, 2008 at 10:53 pm

Hi Ashely,

You are linked on my Windows Community based website ‘Teching It Easy’ under the ‘My Favorite Spots’ category.

I am begging please let me win this MacBook Air, I am desperate for a laptop like this. I would appreciate it so much. If you let me win it I can even get additional links at popular websites where you can get to increase your readership. I want an Apple laptop so bad that I have gone as far as emailing Steve Jobs asking for a free MacBook Air, he replied with a polite ‘Sorry, but no’ Sent from my iPhone, LOL!. There are a number of reasons I need this notebook, its slim design, my Dell Latitude 840c died on me in February, I like the look of Leopard and I am just desperate right now.

Just to let you know how much I want this, I am leaving my cell number here: 1-876-421-6545

Microsoft, unlike Apple, feeds these people. We saw similar cases before where bloggers beg Microsoft for freebies (schwag) and Microsoft is happily exploiting this, even inviting this. It may just be part of the policy or strategy. Microsoft also bribes bloggers to attack Apple.

IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: January 31st, 2009 – Part 3

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IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: January 31st, 2009 – Part 1

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ODF Alliance Newsletter January 2009

Posted in OpenDocument at 1:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Credit: Marino Marcich, ODF Alliance

Spread ODF


On 16 December 2008 the Executive Committee for e-Government of the Brazilian Ministry of Planning released version 4.0 of e-PING, Brazil’s interoperability framework. In this new version, ODF was upgraded from R (Recommended) to A (Adopted) status, meaning ODF’s use is now mandatory in Brazil. This represents another important step in Brazil’s transition from policy adoption to implementation. ePING 4.0 is only available in Portuguese for now, but an English translation is expected in the near future.



ODF is now officially the required file format for the public institutions in Venezuela, according to the Official Gazette of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, No. 39.109 of 29 January 2009. For non-editable files, PDF is required.



According to a resolution passed on 30 December 2008 by the Secretariat of the Cabinet and Public Management, Argentina’s National Office of Information Technology (ONTI) will propose general guidelines, criteria, and standards for a “General Interoperability Framework for Electronic Government.” International experiences, including the development of the European Interoperability Framework, are cited in the resolution and to be taken into account in the development of Argentina’s own framework. The principal objective is to optimize the information exchange mechanisms managed by the state in order to provide better public services. The scope of the framework includes the national administration, subnational agencies, and non-government organizations that interact with public bodies.



The ranks of governments adopting ODF continued to grow, as did the depth and range of ODF applications, according to the annual report for 2008 published by the ODF Alliance. The comprehensive report highlighted major developments for ODF in 2008: government adoptions, which grew steadily and now include 16 national and 8 provincial governments that have formally recommended or required the use of ODF; a dramatic improvement in both the quality of existing applications support and its expansion into new areas with the emergence of ODF-supporting mobile device and web conferencing applications, document management systems, wiki editors, viewers, converters, accessibility tools (ODT-To-DAISY Digital Talking Book), database software, and programming libraries; public procurement gains; and feature enhancements in ODF v 1.2, which is expected to be considered for approval shortly as an OASIS standard.



The Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards (DCOS), whose mission is to provide government policy makers and other stakeholders with tools to preserve the current open architecture of the Internet and the World Wide Web, approved and called on like-minded organizations to endorse the Agreement on Procurement in Support of Interoperability and Open Standards. The agreement calls on governments and publicly funded and non-profit institutions to, among other actions, create a policy statement on interoperability and open standards, and, by 2010, agree that procurement of all software should be vendor-neutral and implement open standards.



Twelve winners of the ODF Olympiad contest were recently recognized at events held in Malaysia and India. Students from throughout the region had submitted presentations in ODF on specific topics organized under four categories that were then evaluated by a jury. The prizes in Malaysia were awarded at the MyGOSSCON 2008 conference, while the prizes in India were presented by Richard Stallman at the Freedom in Computer Technology – 2008 conference organized by the Institute for Open Technology and Applications (IOTA) in Kolkata. Congratulations to the winners and organizers of the ODF Olympiad 2008 for advancing digital inclusion and educational development.



Araxis Merge 2009 lets you check the contents of up to three files in ODF and various other formats, compare their differences, and merge them into one file if desired.

Read and write ODF files on your BlackBerry smartphone with RIM’s planned support for IBM’s Lotus Symphony suite.

Live Presentations, a new presentation authoring software tool you can use on the desktop or in your browser, online or offline, imports and exports to ODF.

AbiWord, a multi-platform word processor, includes improvements in its support for ODF with the release of AbiWord v2.6.6.

IBM’s Lotus Sametime Unyte, Version 8.2, which lets workers initiate web conferencing sessions through their browser, now enables publishing of ODF files through IBM’s Lotus Symphony productivity suite.

OpenOffice.org 3.0 Portable lets you take your ODF-supporting productivity suite on the road.

EuroOffice Map Chart Professional is a new chart type integrated into OpenOffice.org Calc that makes it possible to visualize geographically related data.

Zamzar’s free online tool converts ODF files to and from PDF.

The Integrated Content Environment (ICE) is a free, ODF-supporting word-processor based web content management system produced by the University of Southern Queensland (Australia) that allows authors to work individually or collaboratively on material for the Web, CD and print.

Tables 1.5 for Mac OS X will add additional formatting options as well as an ODF exporter.

Read your ODF files on Symbian-based devices with NLnet Foundation and Odendahl SEPT-Solutions’ OpenDocument Reader for Symbian OS.

Ajax Document Viewer is a free, web based online document viewer of ODF and other file formats that can embedded into any web page or linked from any page.

Save as Daisy (odt2dtbook) 1.1.0, an OpenOffice.org extension which supports export to the DAISY digital talking book for the visually impaired (DTBook), is now available.


Please welcome the following new members: Telugu Books (Sweden); FieldLinx Ltd (New Zealand); Guava Sweden AB; Unitarian Congregation of Pernambuco (Brazil); TechDivision (Germany); Beijing Linux User Group (China); Auyana – Internetagentur München (Germany); and Open Source IT Solutions (South Africa).


SEMIC.EU Interoperability Workshop [2 Feb 2009 – Brussels, Belgium]

FOSDEM 2009 [7-8 February 2009 – Brussels, Belgium]

Netherlands Open in Connection (NOiV) Congress [5 March 2009 – Utrecht, The Netherlands]

GoOpen 2009 [16-17 April 2009 – Oslo, Norway]

Berlin Open 2009 [22-23 June 2009 - Berlin, Germany]


Alliance says progress shows ODF will prevail [Elizabeth Montalbano|Computerworld]

PL: Mniów district: “Using open source saves public resources” [Gijs Hillenius|OSOR.eu]

Companies use Word out of habit, not necessity [Elizabeth Montalbano|IDG News]

Can Microsoft Make Windows for a Small World [Saul Hansell|New York Times]

Create tech-friendly U.S. government [Jimmy Wales & Andrea Weckerle|CNN.com]

Will e-Gov Get Its Day in Obama Administration? [Kenneth Corbin|InternetNews.com]

AbiWord projects get funding for ODF improvement [Ryan Paul|Ars Technica]

It’s the business processes that are bound to MS Office [Gary Edwards|ZDNet]

The Open Document Format Sweeps Across 16 Governments [Trond-Arne Undheim|Trond's Opening Standard]

Office 2007 faces competition where it may count the most: pricing [J. Peter Bruzzese|InfoWorld]

Tech Advice for the New Administration [Walt Hucks|Opportunity Knocks]

EU-Japan Collaboration on Open Standards [Trond-Arne Undheim|Trond's Opening Standard]

Analysis 2009: Application Services come into their own [Curt Cagle|O'Reilly]

Open Document Format Has Been Accepted By 16 Governments [Charles Babcock|Information Week]

ODF in MS Office 2007: More Details [Walt Hucks|Opportunity Knocks]

Microsoft’s ODF Plans – Business As Usual [I' Been to Ubuntu]

OOXML: Why Is It Bad, and What Can We Do? [Reuven Lerner|OSTATIC]

Microsoft’s Latest Kiss of Death [Anders Bylund|The Motley Fool]

Some thoughts on the Microsoft’s implementation of ODF [Charles-H. Schulz]

Microsoft spits out ODF plans for Office 2007 SP2 [Kelly Fiveash|The Register]

Beyond Ubuntu, IBM considers other Virtual Desktop environments [Jacqueline Emigh|BetaNews]

Review: Open-Source Office Suites Compared [Serdar Yegulalp|Information Week]

No Silver Bullet: Format Best Practices [Jered Floyd|Permabits and Petabytes]

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