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Another Large Migration to OpenDocument Format (ODF), Germany Elevates ODF

FOSS will win by the standards, to be followed by installed base

If there are clear signs that lock-ins are being broken, then this latest report from Malaysia is one of them.

The Malaysian Administrative Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) has announced that the agency will be migrating to OpenOffice.org office suite as well as adopt the OpenDocument Format (ODF). In addition, Microsoft Office is to be phased out by end of 2008.


There are many stories about migrations to GNU/Linux and FOSS in Malaysia. To give examples of stories from the past few months (several URLs have expired for unknown reasons):



The icing on the cake is this new translation from Erwin:

Germany upgrades ODF to 'recommended



The new version 4.0 of the document "Standards and Architectures for eGovernment Applications" (SAGA) by the German Ministry of the Interior now recommends ODF for text documents.


There have been several migration stories from Germany in the past few months, including major ones to GNU/Linux or migrations only to OpenOffice.org.

Microsoft will meanwhile try to sell the illusion that ODF is used almost nowhere, but it's a lie. It's self promotion and it's akin to propaganda.

OpenOffice.org 3.0 is on its way and it's looking very good.

OpenOffice.org 3.0 is 167 days away, but who's counting? Maybe the software developers are counting because they have a whopping 2,278 issues targeted for this release. Even though OpenOffice.org 2.4 is not yet out the door, let's see how far they've come with OpenOffice.org 3.0.


Be sure to see this nice demo as well. And of course, many other products support ODF. It's a standard, not a product, unlike Microsoft Office and its OOXML, which it will never implement properly.

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