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3 Mar 2008

Open Standards Requirement for Software

Reprinted from the Open Source Initiative web site: The Requirement An “open standard” must not prohibit conforming implementations in open source software. The Criteria To comply with the Open Standards Requirement, an “open standard” must satisfy the
3 Mar 2008

From the OOo February Newsletter

Developer’s Guide is now in the Wiki The Developer’s Guide is now available online in the Wiki. The main purpose of moving the guide into the wiki is for maintenance reasons and the hope to
3 Mar 2008

I’m confused, and I’m not alone

Matthew Aslett of The 451 Group comments about the Geneva BRM. He is probably confused as much as I am, but he reports a number of opinions (including those that I’ve mentioned in my previous post). I
3 Mar 2008

I’m confused

I’ve tried to understand what has happened in Geneva during the Ballot Resolution Meeting, a very important step during the Fast Track process for the standardization of the Office Open XML document format. I’ve gone through dozens
29 Feb 2008

Office, the newest Linux accessory…

I was a little bit surprised when I looked at the Best Buy web site: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 Windows and Norton AntiVirus 2008 Windows are both listed as accessories for the Asus EEE PC,
27 Feb 2008

Working together

I’ve had a long phone conversation with Sam Ramji today. It was plagued by some bandwidth problems on my side (next time I will have a dedicated PC for Skype) but it was definitely constructive for both
26 Feb 2008

Any idea?

Any idea about the author of this sentence? The world is different today than it was 10 years ago, and so are we. Here on the city campus, MacBook Pros aren’t unheard of, and people with knowledge
26 Feb 2008

Vote for Orvieto

Orvieto has submitted a proposal to organize the Conference in 2008. I quote John McCreesh: I believe one European bid this year stands above the others, which is the bid from Italy. I believe the combination
24 Feb 2008

Digital Preservation

I have discovered the British Library Digital Preservation Project: The British Library is collecting and creating an increasing amount of material in digital formats. This material forms part of the collection and must be preserved for future
22 Feb 2008

Open Letter to Microsoft

Today, we have decided to follow yesterday’s Microsoft announcement with an open letter to the company. This is my translation into English of the text (unfortunately, some of the extra care put in each word gets lost,