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Re: Open Document amidst opposition

__/ [High Plains Thumper] on Saturday 05 November 2005 14:20 \__

> http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051104/ap_on_hi_te/governments_open_source;
> _ylt=AlZNwdSuV9kfki7qWGUTg0Zk24cA;_ylu=X3oDMTA4ZnRnZjhkBHNlYwMxNjk1
> or http://tinyurl.com/9rwcp
> /* Begin Quote */
> Massachusetts isn't alone in its campaign. The European Union and U.S.
> Library of Congress have in principle embraced OpenDocument as their
> preferred format.
> Several foreign governments also have endorsed the broader movement
> toward open-source software and the Linux operating system, which uses
> publicly available software code that can be customized.
> Because such software does not carry licensing fees, proponents cite
> cost savings and say open source is less of a target for hackers.
> Critics say the savings can disappear in the long run when service costs
> are factored in, along with compatibility problems pairing Microsoft
> systems with other products.
> Microsoft uses proprietary code for most of its products, protecting
> them with copyright and patent licenses restricting other developers'
> ability to write programs that support Microsoft software.
> The OpenDocument format was created by the Organization for the
> Advancement of Structured Information Standards, a nonprofit,
> international consortium that sets data standards. Its membership
> includes Microsoft rivals such as Sun and SAP AG.
> /* End Quote */
> This is nothing new, as it has been posted in other threads.  I am
> grateful that Open Document is receiving worthy support.  It encourages
> document sharing that is currently hindered by proprietised software and
> a further step toward vendor independence.

I  would  only like to point out what is perhaps obvious to most. XML  and
open  formats are becoming very popular with products ("software" to use a
gentler term) like Firefox and Thunderbird. Has anyone looked at their da-
ta files recently?

> Massachusetts is well know for its political liberalism, but this is one
> good thing the state is promoting.  Other nations such as Singapore,
> with their conversion from Microsoft Office to Open Office are on the
> forefront of achieving open standards.

Since you mentioned Singapore, I'll take the opportunity and bring forward
the following:


While  Lindows (Linspire) is a poor distribution of Linux and the cost  of
support  is clearly under-estimated, we still see the possibility of a ma-
jor  technological empire like South Korea (do _not_ be misled by its geo-
graphical size) converting to Linux shortly.

Analysts speculate that this could become a catalyst for quicker Linux mi-
gration that spans the whole of far east Asia, Japan included.

    (Title: Microsoft antitrust flap 'boosts Linux' in Far East)


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