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Re: [News] White House Votes Yes to Award-winning Free CMS Software

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____/ Megabyte on Sunday 22 Nov 2009 17:29 : \____

> On 11-22-2009, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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>> Obama Team Challenges Web Developers
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>> | Having rebuilt Whitehouse.gov on the open
>> | source Drupal platform, President Obama's
>> | new media team is calling on the open
>> | source community for new ideas and
>> | technology.
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>> http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/info-management/
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>> cle.jhtml?articleID=221900361
> I think one of the biggest things the Obama government could do for
> open sourse is to adopt open standards, specifically ODF.  They could
> implement it at little cost using the SUN plug-in for Office and it
> would allow them to consider alternative office suites in the future.
> By going this route they don't lock MS out but rather encourage them to
> play nice and use open standards.
> Adopting ODF would send a message to MS that open standards are now
> favoured by the U.S. government and therefore you must compete on the
> quality of your products not by using proprietary formats that lock
> business and consumers in.  The fact that an ODF plug-in is freely
> available would help them battle MS lobbyists as they would not be
> saying don't use MS Office but they would be sending MS and others a
> clear message that they will favour open stanards over proprietary ones
> and so you better build in full ODF compatibility in Office 2010 and
> future products as should others.

If Obama tried to hut this (cash) cow, some Microsoft lobbyists would go ballistic, maybe
even literally.

See what Microsoft did to Peter Quinn and his successor in Mass.

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