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07.23.12

Microsoft Uses Proprietary Formats to Impede and Derail Government Migrations to Free Software

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, Novell, Office Suites, Open XML, OpenDocument at 4:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Migration difficulties consistently point to problems with Microsoft’s format abuses

WE recently explained how SUSE, part of the now-defunct Novell, is promoting OOXML in government. Rather than embrace ODF, some governments find themselves reliant on Microsoft-funded SUSE programmers who were legally required to push OOXML. And here is the outcome:

Local, national and European governmental dependencies on proprietary software continue to hinder municipalities that try to get rid of vendor lock-in by switching to open source. Recent examples include the municipal governments of Freiburg in Germany, Miskolcs in Hungary and Schoten in Belgium.

ODF has no such issues; our guess is, Microsoft occupied the competition to the point where ODF advocacy got demoralised and rather scarce. The problem is not Free/open source office suites; the problem is proprietary Microsoft formats that corruption such as bribery has defended.

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  1. George Hostler said,

    July 23, 2012 at 10:35 am

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    Very interesting point and good research, Roy. As you have explained above about occupying the competition and demoralisation of ODF advocacy to the point of scarcity reminds me of this document exposed during the USDOJ Comes (Iowa) versus Microsoft court case:

    “In the Mopping Up phase, Evangelism’s goal is to put the final nail into the competing technology’s coffin, and bury it in the burning depths of the earth. Ideally, use of the competing technology becomes associated with mental deficiency, as in, “he believes in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and OS/2.” Just keep rubbing it in, via the press, analysts, newsgroups, whatever. Make the complete failure of the competition’s technology part of the mythology of the computer industry.”

    http://www.groklaw.net/pdf/Comes-3096.pdf

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