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[News] Var Guy: Linux and Open Source Dominate IBM's Lotus Event

  • Subject: [News] Var Guy: Linux and Open Source Dominate IBM's Lotus Event
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 08:44:44 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Top 6 Highlights From Lotusphere

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| It’s time for The VAR Guy to eat a little more crow. Last week, he suggested 
| nobody really cared about Lotusphere anymore. Boy was he wrong. Turns out IBM 
| and the Lotus team unveiled some major partnerships at the event. Here are 
| the top six highlights from Lotusphere, and the potential benefits for VARs.   


IBM`s New Linux-Based Notes and Symphony Office

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| IBM opens the door for Linux-based servers and desktops with a new Lotus 
| Notes and Symphony bundle for SUSE, Red Hat and Ubuntu Linux. 



IBM Offers Collaboration Support for Ubuntu

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| IBM today announced that it will offer an integrated Open Collaboration 
| Client Solution with support for Ubuntu, a Linux-based operating system from 
| Canonical Ltd. that is especially popular for desktops, laptops and thin 
| clients.   


IBM Translates Lotus Symphony for a Globally Integrated World

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| Lotus Symphony is a suite of software tools for creating text, spreadsheet 
| and presentation documents -- the most frequently used desktop tools -- based 
| on OpenOffice code. It supports the OpenDocument format (ODF), Microsoft 
| Office and Lotus SmartSuite formats.   


Microsoft's Lotus FUD Tools

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| It's Lotusphere in Orlando, Fla,, and Microsoft just can't resist playing 
| spoiler to IBM announcements—software-as-a-service offerings for SMBs, new 
| forthcoming Domino and Notes features, and software collaboration agreement 
| with SAP.    


The Standard Trolls

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| It is hard to resolve the pecking order of posters in the Microsoft blogger 
| echo chamber. So let's just remark that all the usual suspects assisted in 
| this one: Doug Mahugh, Stephen McGibbon, Oliver Bell, Gray Knowlton, etc. Mix 
| together, shake, repeat, turn the crank and presto! Out comes news.   
| [...]
| By analogy to patent trolls, what we're seeing here is the behavior of a 
| standards troll -- defining a conformance clause so vague that everything in 
| the world is considered to support it, and then searching through 
| competitor's web sites in hopes of finding some place where they stumbled 
| into supporting it, and then trying to extract some advantage from it.    
| The point should be to look for examples of where OOXML is supported to the 
| highest degree, to point out the best examples of high-fidelity interchange 
| that your standard allowed. You would think that with so many people at 
| Microsoft with "interoperability" in their job titles, that this would be 
| obvious. I guess not. But don't be sad. You can always count 
| on "supportadmin3" to cheer you up!!!     


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