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[News] Evidence That OOXML is Just a Proprietary Wannabe ODF Catchup

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OOXML as a response

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| James D. Mason says:
|     I spent 22 years as the chairman of what is now ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34. SC34 
|     is the committee that standardized SGML in the 1980s and now is 
|     responsible for both ODF, supported by many open-source products, and 
|     OOXML, the XML released by Microsoft in response to ODF. Neither ODF nor 
|     OOXML has anything to do with ODA/ODIF, which have been dormant since the 
|     turn of the current century but were still under development in the 1990s 
|     in a committee that was parallel to the one that became SC34.      
| Our past analysis: OOXML is a response. Thank you very much for the 
| confirmation. Stronger language from Mason found in this article 



Malaysia seen as top market for open-source convergence

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| Malaysia is a leading adopter of open-source convergence software, according
| to key speakers at the AsterConference 2008, held recently in Kuala Lumpur.


Let's complain about Microsoft restricting choice in the market (part deux)

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| Yoon Kit wrote about being forced to pay the Microsoft tax when buying
| computers from computer manufacturers (eg Dell). I submitted a complaint to
| the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs and received an official
| acknowledgment from the ministry that the Penang branch office will
| investigate the complaint.
| I strongly urge everybody who uses non-Microsoft operating systems on their
| computers bought from Dell or any other manufacturers to write in through the
| web interface and make an official complaint. Make your voices heard so that
| we can stop being forced to pay for software we don't use!


OpenOffice.org deployed in Malaysian Schools

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| Just announced today (27 August 2008), The Malaysian Administrative
| Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) and the Ministry of
| Education (MoE) are working with the State Government of Terengganu to
| further increase the adoption of Open Source Software in government and
| schools. This is announced at the "Open Source Software Seminar for
| Accelerated Adpotion" held at Wisma Darul Iman, Terengganu.

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