Daily Links for Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Netherlands helps Denmark with open IT
The Industry Standard

The Dutch government has provided Denmark with information regarding the Dutch national plan Heemskerk for open government IT.

In Denmark, there is heated debate about the approach for open IT usage by the government. One of the obstacles is the open file format for mandatory use by the government and government organizations. ODF (Open Document Format) and OOXML (Open Office XML), originally developed by Microsoft, are the candidates for use.

Open Source

IBM Sala de Prensa – 2009-12-15 IBM presenta en Madrid el Open Company Center

IBM (NYSE:IBM) ha presentado en Madrid el Open Company Center. Se trata de un centro de prueba, ubicado en el IBM Forum, donde clientes y socios comerciales de la Compañía podrán experimentar con diferentes alternativas de sistemas de escritorio independientes y de arquitectura abierta.

Open Source Group Sues Consumer Electronics Companies
InformationWeek / Antone Gonsalves

Best Buy, Samsung, Westinghouse, JVC and 10 other consumer electronics companies were named Monday in a lawsuit accusing the companies of license infringement in the use of open source software.

The Software Freedom Law Center filed the suit in federal court in New York on behalf of the Software Freedom Conservancy. The latter group claims the defendants sold products containing its BusyBox application in violation of the terms of the software’s license, the GNU General Public License version 2. The GNU GPL v2 governs the use of many open source technologies.

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  1. I was recently alerted to another case which would benefit from Open Standards, and that is “Authoring software for Interactive Whiteboards”.

    Apparently the IWB manufacturers tend to bundle software for producing teaching material which will work with ‘their’ whiteboard, but it comes with a prohibition on using the teaching material with ‘competitive’ whiteboards.

    Understandable commercially, maybe, but irritating to teachers who are then left without the ability to reuse their own work as the display technology marches on. ISO26300 is possibly a partial answer, and there should be a market for products based on that.

    So what do we need, to address this (and other) opportunities in the ‘education’ market sector ?

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