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[News] IBM Finally Puts Its Weight Behind OpenOffice.org, Funny Business in ISO (IM$O)

  • Subject: [News] IBM Finally Puts Its Weight Behind OpenOffice.org, Funny Business in ISO (IM$O)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 12:23:37 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
IBM Joins OpenOffice.org Community

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| The OpenOffice.org community today announced that IBM will be joining the 
| community to collaborate on the development of OpenOffice.org software. IBM 
| will be making initial code contributions that it has been developing as part 
| of its Lotus Notes product, including accessibility enhancements, and will be 
| making ongoing contributions to the feature richness and code quality of 
| OpenOffice.org.     


About the proprietary formats and corruption:

OOXML - what just happened? 

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| Already some curious pieces of wrong information are beginning to appear 
| about the process of this meeting, which is governed by the published JTC 1 
| Directives. Sure, these Directives leave some room for interpretation (which 
| will appear in the coming weeks and months), but the framework of the meeting 
| is already clearly set out ...    


The ISO seems to have internal weaknesses as well. It's not just Microsoft's
briberies around the world.


Norbert Bollow starts OpenISO

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| What do engineers do when they observe a problem? They start a project to fix 
| it. A Swiss standard expert who got annoyed by the "Open XML bug" of ISO  
| procedures launched OpenISO.org. 


An Open Letter to ISO 

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| Norway - originally a process decided by unanimity but altered on the fly
| Sweden - voting seats bought and the result thus hijacked
| Switzerland - process rigged in favor of the vendor, the chairman excluded 
| the option of voting “reject” or “reject, with comments” 
| Portugal - process skewed by blaming on lack of available chairs
| Malaysia - two committees voted unanimously “rejection with comments” and 
| mysteriously overturned by the government to “abstain” 


3.2 billion people voted NO against OOXML


Corrupt countries were more likely to support the OOXML document format

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| Is this just a random coincidence? The median of the CPI index of the above 
| mentioned 70 countries is 3.95. Of the most corrupted half (CPI index less 
| than 3.95) 23 or 77% voted for approval (approval or approval with comments) 
| and 7 or 23% for disapproval; 5 abstained. Of the least corrupted half (CPI 
| index more than 3.95) 13 or 54% voted for approval and 11 or 46% voted for 
| disapproval; 11 abstained - see the table below.      


Microsoft accused of more OOXML standards fiddling 

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| However the 11 new countries are refusing to say how they will vote. These 
| include Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Ecuador, Jamaica, Lebanon, Malta, Pakistan, 
| Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay and Venezuela. Most people seem to think 
| that these have been put there by Vole to make sure the standard gets pushed 
| through.    


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