Open source and piracy

Over at ZDNet, Dana Blankenhorn has a blog entry about whether software piracy benefits or hurts open source adoption. Evidently this originated from comments by Louis Suraez-Potts at OSCON noting that the availability of “free” (that is, pirated) proprietary software makes open source less necessary from a cost perspective. I’m…

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OOXML appeals: Now or never

Rob Weir has published an extensive blog entry detailing why the OOXML appeals process should be allowed to go on. He says, in part, Dismissing an appeal with so many open unresolved issue is not expediency. It is merely creating more dissent, more distrust and more trouble that we’ll all…

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NATO: ODF is fine with us

A colleague just sent me a link to the NATO “3.4. NNEC Core Enterprise Services” which is part of the NATO Interoperability Standards and Profiles document. Lo and behold, about half way down the document in the Standards section is “OpenDocument ISO/IEC 26300:2006.” That is ODF. Adopter by adopter, person…

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Draft European Interoperability Framework v 2.0: Your comments needed

The European Commission IDABC (thankfully short for Interoperable Delivery of European eGovernment Services to public Administrations, Business and Citizens) has delivered their draft of version 2.0 of the Draft European Interoperability Framework. The first release came in 2004 and inputs on the revised version have been submitted and considered since,…

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Alex Brown: OOXML will be second to ODF

You’ve got to love Google Alerts. This morning I got this link to a Press Release from Giffin Brown with the title “OOXML will take second place following Microsoft’s announcement to support ODF, says Dr Alex Brown”. Alex was the convenor of the OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting in Geneva in…

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Update on ISO/IEC appeals regarding OOXML

Groklaw and Andy Updegrove have the latest news of the appeal process for OOXML in ISO/IEC. See Groklaw: “ISO to TMB: Here Are the Appeals Against OOXML; They Should Be Denied” Andy Updegrove: “ISO TMB Recommends Rejection of OOXML Appeals” I fully support Andy’s conclusions and the opinions of the…

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Hopping from one virtual world to another

Thirteen months ago I published a series of blog entries about my personal view of future requirements for virtual worlds. The third was about world-to-world scenarios. In it I included the comments: World to world teleportation If you are in one world and send me an IM in another world…

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LinuxWorld keynote: Comments solicited

I’m now starting to put together my LinuxWorld keynote (August 6, after lunch) and I’ve been talking to people about ideas for the presentation. The general idea is that for the first half I’m going to look at the last decade of free and open source, focusing on GNU/Linux, and…

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Family UK Trip, Days 2 and 3

On the first day after we flew into London’s Heathrow airport, we rented a car, drove to Stonehenge, went on to Stourhead, and then drove to Bath. Though I’ve been to England many times on business, almost all my time there has been spent near London. This last year I…

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