Nice news out of Paris today via CNet: “French parliament dumping Windows for Linux.”
“The study showed that open-source software will from now on offer functionality adapted to the needs of MPs (members of parliament) and will allow us to make substantial savings despite the associated migration and training costs,” the parliament said.
While this is not a statement about ODF, it certainly enables it via OpenOffice. But what about Microsoft’s immense Open XML epic spec, you might ask? Even if Novell works on it, I think Open XML support in OpenOffice will be partial, at best. So I think the French Parliament will either stick with the old binary Microsoft formats or start a migration to ODF. Since ODF is the future, I’m optimistic that this will further accelerate its adoption.