__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Wednesday 17 May 2006 09:37 \__
> begin oe_protect.scr
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> __/ [ B Gruff ] on Tuesday 16 May 2006 14:26 \__
>>> Now there's an interesting take - from Gartner of all people!
>>> "International standards bodies' unanimous approval of ISO/IEC 26300
>>> moves OASIS OpenDocument Format to being the official XML document
>>> format. It is now unlikely that ISO will adopt Microsoft's Open XML
>>> document format"
>>> Search for G00140101 on:-
>> Thanks, Bill. Excellent news, especially since I read in a couple of
>> places that Massachusetts was ready to get lenient and permit the
>> existence of MS XML. Nothing was finalised at the time, but it seemed
>> discouraging. Gartner, of all bodies (a company actually), turn out to be
>> somewhat of a friend:
> Well, they've set up an event which exhibitors will be charged for
> exhibiting and visitors will be charged for visiting, and Gartner will
> make a name for itself in the OSS world, at least as far as those CIO
> types who can't recall beyond that last analyst's document...
> Still, it's a big move from the 'total criticism' which they were
> pervading; the lack of vision of most analysts is a little frightening.
Never forget that analysts are fed by companies with resources, like
themselves. They perceive Open Source as somewhat of a threat where
communities manage software and analysts become rather obsolete. The
client is in charge. The developer has control.
Think vendors. They portray and demonstare a similar perspective: sell,
sell, sell. No matter what people want. Feed the sheep with whatever makes
them come back asking for more: modern computers (the bigger the better),
RAM, games, AV virus, commercial software (as opposed to RPM/Deb
repositories, ISO's, df.net and fm.net).
In summary, vendors, like analysts, love Microsoft Windows. The sufferer
is usually the end user, but what counts to them most is their balance at
the bank. The user, when disinformed, is left out entirely from this myst-
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