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OpenParliament petition goes to the European Parliament PETI committee

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| The OpenParliament petition goes to the European Parliament PETI committee. 
| The draft agenda of tomorrow mentions another interesting petition by a 
| German citizen who has been required by the state to purchase Microsoft 
| products. The European Parliament also forces European citizens to buy a copy 
| of Microsoft Word to consult parliamentary questions, or to use Windows Media 
| Player to view the European Parliament's webTV WMV streaming. Time to send 
| the bill to President Poettering.      


Europe is not a single market for open source

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| The overall impression is the same: more commercial-led engagements in the 
| US, more community-led engagements in Europe, and a disproportionate number 
| of leads in Europe overall. As Brian pointed out, however, there is another 
| layer of complexity.   
| In JasperSoft’s experience, activities in Northern Europe and the UK are more 
| likely to be led by commercial adoption, while activities in Southern Europe 
| including France are more likely to be community-led. Germany is somewhere in 
| the middle.   
| For JasperSoft the UK and Northern Europe tend to be direct sales 
| engagements, while in France and Germany the company is concentrating on 
| partnerships with local systems integrators, resellers and consultants.  



EU Says Governments Could Bar Microsoft From Bidding

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| Governments contracting IT work could conclude that Microsoft's antitrust
| history constitutes "grave professional misconduct" and ban the company,
| according to the European Commission.


EU: Europarlement testing Ubuntu, OpenOffice and Firefox

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| The European Parliament's IT department is testing the use of GNU/Linux
| distribution Ubuntu, OpenOffice, Firefox and other Open Source applications,
| the British MEP James Nicholson explained last week in a letter to Italian
| MEP Marco Cappato.  


Is Microsoft Now Banned from EU Contracts?


Euro MP thinks Microsoft should be banned from government contracts


Green MEP says Microsoft should be excluded from EU contract awarding procedure


EC probes OOXML standards-setting process

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| A spokesman for the European Commissioner for Competition, Neelie Kroes, told
| The Register that regulators were continuing to scrutinise interoperability
| issues related to Microsoft’s products following complaints from the
| Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS) group.  
| As part of that process, the EC formally contacted a number of national
| standards bodies, including the Norwegian Standards Institute (NSI),
| requesting more details about possible irregularities in the OOXML
| standardisation process.  
| [...]
| “It must be stressed that it is not the Commission's intention to influence
| the outcome of this process, but the Commission considers it essential to
| ensure that European competition law is not violated in the course of the
| standard setting process,” he said in an email to El Reg.  
| In January the EC began formal anti-trust probes against Microsoft in two
| cases where it was alleged that the multinational firm had abused its strong
| market position. As part of the investigation into the first case, the
| Commission said that it would scrutinise OOXML on the grounds that the
| specification doesn't work with those of competitors.    



EU Commission Investigating Microsoft's MSOOXML Push

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| I hope they think to investigate the smear campaigns that seem to always
| happen to anyone on the other side from Microsoft. What happened to Peter
| Quinn was by no means unique.  


Corrupt countries were more likely to support the OOXML document format

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| Is this just a random coincidence? The median of the CPI index of the above
| mentioned 70 countries is 3.95. Of the most corrupted half (CPI index less
| than 3.95) 23 or 77% voted for approval (approval or approval with comments)
| and 7 or 23% for disapproval; 5 abstained. Of the least corrupted half (CPI
| index more than 3.95) 13 or 54% voted for approval and 11 or 46% voted for
| disapproval; 11 abstained - see the table below.      

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