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[News] [Rival] Microsoft's Office Lock-in is Ending

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ODF as National Standard

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| Last year, i wrote about When Will Indonesia Use ODF? Up to now, we still 
| don't have any standard for document format. Do you think .doc or .docx is a 
| standard? Well, think again, as it's not an official standard in Indonesia as 
| it hasn't been approved by the National Standarization Agency of Indonesia. 
| As a de factor standard yes, not not by de jure.    


ODF / OpenOffice.org Document Encryption


Google Wave Crashes Over Microsoft

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| Gary Edwards, a Web developer and former president of the OpenDocument 
| Foundation, told me Wave means “the greater web of designers can be designing 
| a new type of document — one that’s multidimensional, highly graphical, 
| highly interactive, and not OS-specific or device specific.”   
| The implication, Edwards told me, is that Wave is the thin edge of the wedge 
| — or the thin edge of the Web — that could crack Microsoft’s dominance on the 
| desktop. “Once they lose the document model, they might have lost it all,” he 
| said.   



[Indonesia:] Govt pledges to pursue open-source software

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| In spite of a deal with the U.S.-based software giant Microsoft,
| the government pledged Wednesday that it would continue promoting
| the use of open-source software.
| [...]
| Kusmayanto said -- without mentioning Microsoft by name -- that
| dependence on one operating system would curtail the country's
| freedom to choose software most consistent with its own needs.
| [...]
| The deal has, however, come under fire, including from the House
| of Representatives, with critics arguing that it will create a
| monopoly for Microsoft, and undermine the government's own IGOS
| program, which encourages the use of free open-source software
| for the public sector.


Open source, closed mind

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| It recently launched the Indonesia Goes Open-Source Nusantara 2006
| package, which provides desktop software based on Linux Fedora Core 5
| and with the ability to operate applications such as Open Office for
| text documents, Firefox for Internet browsing, Thunderbird for email
| and Gaim for chatting.
| The ministry's website also lists a range of open-source software
| material, domestic and foreign, from which material can be downloaded
| for free.
| Furthermore, the use of open-source software cuts down on piracy,
| which is as prevalent in this country as the use of computers.


Sofyan: Open Source Hampers Government's Activity

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| The Department of Research and Technology will involve eight
| universities as developing agents of Indonesia GO Open Source
| (IGOS) program. They include Bandung Institute of Technology,
| Sepuluh November Institute of Technology, Gadjah Mada University,
| University of Indonesia, Udayana University, Deli Polytechnics,
| Batam Polytechnics and President University.


Open-source system sought for SMEs, ministries

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| To help protect intellectual property rights and reduce costs, the
| State Ministry for Research and Technology is urging state
| institutions, and small and medium enterprises to adopt open-source
| software for their computers. The Information and Communications
| Ministry had already saved on its IT budget after deciding
| to migrate.

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