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[News] Europe Moving Away to OpenDocument

EU Conclusions from Open Document Exchange Formats Workshop

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| [...]
| * One format for one purpose: Administrations should be able to
| standardize (internally) on a minimal set of formats;
| * No incomplete implementations, no proprietary extensions;
| [...]
| OpenForum Europe (who attended and participated in the workshop)
| strongly endorse these conclusions. In particular we take note of
| the overwhelming view from Member States on the detrimental effect
| that more than standard in one area would have, significantly
| increasing confusion, complexity and cost.



Q&A: Former Mass. CIO feels 'bittersweet pride' after battles with Microsoft,

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| As CIO of Massachusetts from February to November last year, Louis 
| Gutierrez had to endure most of the brunt of Microsoft Corp.'s political 
| wrath over a state policy calling for the adoption of the Open Document 
| Format for Office Applications, or ODF -- a rival to the software vendor's 
| Office Open XML file format.
| [...]
| Do you see any reason for there to be two standards? If you were
| starting blank-slate, there certainly would not be value to creating
| two separate standards. Over time, it has sometimes been useful to
| have the competition of two standards to keep both sides honest.
| But I don't see particular value in the long-term co-existence of
| two separate standards.


>From the previous CIO....

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|    Quinn:  Almost to a person, to anybody involved or who knows about
|    the ODF issue, they attributed the story to Microsoft, right, wrong
|    or otherwise. Senator Pacheco may be a bully but I do not believe he
|    is disingenious and would stoop to such a tactic. Senator Pacheco and
|    Secretary Galvin's office remain very heavily influenced by the
|    Microsoft money and its lobbyist machine, as witnessed by their
|    playbook and words, in my opinion.
|    Quinn:  I believe that the ODF decision will stand. I believe MS
|    will continue to do anything and everything it can to stop it. And I
|    know my seat wasn't even empty and they (MS) took another shot at
|    the title, to no avail. This horse is out of the barn and I see no
|    way for it to go back in. Remember, all we are asking for was and is
|    for Microsoft to commit to open and the standards process; so
|    everyone looks really bad if the plug gets pulled at this juncture. 


MA Governor-Elect Names MS Anti-ODF Lobbyist to Technology Advisory Group


The Sorry State of Massachusetts


Microsoft offers schools in Mass. free software (to stop ODF adoption)


Microsoft plays Massachusetts Senate card


Politics and tech companies: follow the money


Years of deadlock on EU patent bring some new thinking


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| "A source that deals with the company said unofficially that Gates
| proposed Microsoft's Digital Rights Management technology as a national
| standard to fight piracy at the governmental level."


Leaked letter warns of open source 'threat to eco-system'


Study: open source needs official support; Lobbyist disagrees with "flawed"

Report Says Nonprofits Sold Influence to Abramoff


Open Source Foes In Bed With Abramoff


EU official joins consultancy serving Microsoft


US ambassador to the EU was former Microsoft lobbyist


US politicians go to bat for Microsoft


Changing the Report, After the Vote


Microsoft playing three card monte with XML conversion

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| Gary Edwards of the Open Document Foundation, a leading member
| of its technical committee, says Microsoft is playing proprietary
| games aimed at controlling XML file formats and preventing the
| Open Document Format from gaining a foothold.


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