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[News] Champions of Free Software in Norway and Holland

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eZ believes in true Enterprise Open Source for eZ Publish

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| We hear more and more about how Open Source is influencing the software 
| industry. Not too long ago, Open Source was perceived as a movement for 
| idealists and hardcore programmers. As an Open Source entrepreneur, I 
| remember those times when the most frequent question I got at IT exhibitions 
| was something along the lines of: "Why are you here? You cannot afford to be 
| here."      


How to make money with free software...

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| The Dutch Ministry of Finance organized an architecture competition for which 
| a selected group of architectural offices (unstudio, nox, ...) and artists 
| were invited, including myself. The goal of the competition was not to design 
| a building, but the new 5 euro commemorative coin with the theme 'Netherlands 
| and Architecture'. The winner will be rewarded with a nice price, but most of 
| all with the honor: his design will be realized and will be a legal coin 
| within the Netherlands.      



Domino: The Netherlands

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| It is hard to believe, but Heise reports that Microsoft was threatening the
| Dutch government to sue it before the European Court of Juctice which would
| be a competition case.  


FOSS in Dutch government

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| There will be an office where people can complain if they cannot communicate
| with the government using open standards. So non-compliance of government
| agencies will be measured.


Dutch government threatens to sideline Microsoft

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| Proposed legislation that would mandate the use of the Open Document Format
| (ODF) across the entire Dutch government has infuriated Microsoft.
| [...]
| Microsoft Netherlands has engaged in fierce lobbying in an attempt to derail
| the plan. The company argues that the current definition is too narrow,
| specifically by mandating ODF rather than open standards in general


Netherlands Picks ODF

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| Frank Heemskerk, Minister of Economic Affairs, announced today that ODF will 
| be the standard for reading, publishing and the exchange of information for 
| all governmental organisations. The deadline is January 2009.  

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