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More Countries Move to ODF, But What About Portugal?

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Microsoft, Open XML, OpenDocument at 2:59 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Portuguese flag in daylight

Summary: OpenDocument Format (ODF) is increasingly adopted and the latest dealings in Portugal give reasons for concern

MORE AND MORE countries have recently embraced OpenDocument Format (ODF), despite Microsoft’s many abuses that it declines/refuses to address. Microsoft is still causing damage to ODF [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7].

Glyn Moody notes that the FSF has this world map of ODF adoption and Christian Einfeldt added to it (in Twitter): “Dear Linus, it’s not that we hate Microsoft, but it is annoying how MSFT is still goofing up ODF.”

Hungary is one of the latest European countries to embrace ODF (Norway was probably inevitable), but one country we remain particularly concerned about is Portugal. We wrote about it earlier today because of the government’s intimate relationship with Microsoft. According to this blog (translation to English from Google), chances of ODF adoption in Portugal seem slim, so a Switzerland-like action may be needed (see links at the bottom). As Tony Manco from Portugal puts it, despite being warned for illegalities that they make, the people in the government just don’t give a damn. They continue as if nothing was mentioned.

Related posts (Switzerland):

  1. Microsoft Sued Over Its Corruption in Switzerland, Microsoft Debt Revisited
  2. Can the United Kingdom and Hungary Still be Sued for Excluding Free Software?
  3. 3 New Counts of Antitrust Violation by Microsoft?
  4. Is Microsoft Breaking the Law in Switzerland Too?
  5. Microsoft Uses Lobbyists to Attack Holland’s Migration to Free Software and Sort of Bribes South African Teachers Who Use Windows
  6. ZDNet/eWeek Ruins Peter Judge’s Good Article by Attacking Red Hat When Microsoft Does the Crime
  7. Week of Microsoft Government Affairs: a Look Back, a Look Ahead
  8. Lawsuit Against Microsoft/Switzerland Succeeds So Far, More Countries/Companies Should Follow Suit
  9. Latest Reports on Microsoft Bulk Deals Being Blocked in Switzerland, New Zealand
  10. Swiss Government and Federal Computer Weekly: Why the Hostility Towards Free Software?
  11. Switzerland and the UK Under Fire for Perpetual Microsoft Engagements
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A Single Comment

  1. capricornus said,

    August 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm


    Portugal? The Netherlands? at UWV, the major and almost only player in social securitystan, they only know about M$, M$ and as an alternative, yes… M$. Thus doc, doc and doc, and perhaps a pdf or two. But noooo ODF. No way. And they surf with IE6. Like in the middleages. The admins are crooked, bribed, false as Dutch have always been since Caesar. ODF in Dutch is a lost case. Beforehand. And thereafter.

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