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UKUUG Summer Conference 2009

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| Topics this year include OpenMoko, the collaborative web, parallelism, 
| Drupal, GIMP, LVM, MPs’ expenses, spam fighting, and TeX. Plus there’s still 
| the healthy social scene outside the talk sessions, where attendees can make 
| new friends and renew old acquaintances.   


20 “Really Cool” Tux Icons for Sports Enthusiasts

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| Before, we've posted here several cool and funny tux icons and some scary 
| ones too. This time, we will showcase some of the finest tux icons that 
| sports fans/Linux-users may love.  



The OOXML fight continues: here's one way you can help

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| The UKUUG officially voiced many of the objections that were flying around at
| the time (and still are):
|     * The BSI approved fast tracking OOXML in the absence of a revised draft
|       despite over 1000 comments to the original draft.
|     * Doing so undermines wider faith in the standards bodies themselves.
|     * Fast tracking approval in the absence of a single implementation of the
|       format—even from Microsoft—is hard to justify.
|     * Rejection of the fast track is not rejection of the standard which
|       should be given greater consideration before approval.
|     * Fast tracking a proposed standard requires a high level of consensus.
|       Something distinctly lacking with regards OOXML.


Has OOXML Broken the British Standards Institution?

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| That the BSI, long the quintessence of standards in this country, should see
| itself dragged through the courts over something as apparently minor as a
| document standard, is truly an extraordinary development. But of course it is
| not a minor issue: at stake is the question of how something as central to
| technology and business as standards should be decided. Unless people have
| complete confidence in the process, the end-result will be deemed worthless –
| truly, little more than a “rubber-stamping”.      
| A good start along the road of bolstering confidence would be making the
| standards-setting process completely open, which currently it is not. The
| practice of voting on an open standard behind closed doors borders is simply
| not justifiable in the age of the Internet and of increasing openness in
| general. And as the UK government loves to remind us: if you have nothing to
| hide, you have nothing to fear....      


UK standards body taken to court over OOXML

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| The British Standards Institution has been taken to court by a group of Unix
| users in an attempt to get the standards body to recant its approval of
| Microsoft's Office Open XML document format.  
| The UK Unix & Open Systems User Group (UKUUG) said on Thursday that the
| British Standards Institution's (BSI's) controversial decision to vote for
| approval of OOXML in a recent International Organization for Standardization
| (ISO) ballot followed a flawed decision-making process.  


BSI faces High Court challenge over OOXML U-turn

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| OSC director Mark Taylor told The Register that the UKUUG and chums
| were "very confident that the BSI has a case to answer". He claimed
| that "they haven’t followed procedures and we want them to explain their
| controversial actions".  
| However, even if legal action against the BSI leads to the UK standards body
| being forced, in the form of mandatory orders, to withdraw its vote to the
| ISO, its impact could be muted.  
| Taylor agreed: "Should the BSI be asked to remove its vote, that in itself
| probably won’t change the outcome."
| He added that the group hopes to see individuals in other countries mount
| similar challenges against national standards bodies in order to force the
| ISO to "sit up and take notice".  

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