Daily Links 07/22/2008 (p.m.)

Open Source India: ISO/IEC and OOXML: The judge, the jury and the hangman “Creating an alternate standards organization will be an exceedingly tough task, but standards are not an area where compromises can be tolerated. Standards govern our lives in a million different ways and the common man and woman…

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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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Daily Links 07/02/2008 (p.m.)

Adobe’s PDF becomes ISO standard | Tech news blog – CNET News.com “Adobe Systems’ popular portable document format, or PDF as it’s more well-known, has become the latest International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard as of Wednesday morning. Adobe has been the key developer and patent holder of the technology,…

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Latest ODF Alliance newsletter is available

I just got an email with the latest OpenDocument Format Alliance newsletter. It is also available in PDF form. [Why this is correctly available in PDF form and not ODF.] Topics include South Africa, Brazil, India, Venezuela Appeal OOXML Vote; Denmark Protests; Legal Challenge in UK ODF Alliance Calls on…

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Daily Links 06/02/2008 (p.m.)

Venezuela and India appeal OOXML ratification – ZDNet.co.uk “Venezuela and India have appealed against the official ratification of Microsoft‘s Office Open XML document format, bringing the total number of protesting countries to four.” tags: OB, OOXML, Venezuela, ISO Adobe Acrobat takes big online leap | Tech news blog – CNET…

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Protest on OOXML Fast Track results from group in Denmark

Via Groklaw there’s word that the Open Source Leverandørforeningen in Denmark has written a letter of complaint regarding OOXML. This is not a formal appeal as it was with India, Brazil, and South Africa, but nevertheless shows some of what is still happening within countries regarding the process. I think…

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Daily Links 04/04/2008

To the Letter Born – Campaign Stops – 2008 Elections – Opinion – New York Times Blog tags: politics, typography, 2008, Obama “Style equals accuracy. Put the word “change” in Comic Sans and the idea feels lightweight and silly. Place it in Times Roman and it feels self-important. In Gotham,…

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links for 2008-02-29

OOXML Around the World Using NGOs to Push Agendas “Microsoft has “persuaded” several non-profit organizations to bombard the Indian IT Secretary and the Additional Director General of the Bureau of Indian Standards with letters supporting its OOXML proposal.” (tags: microsoft india ooxml) Does OOXML vote really matter? | InfoWorld |…

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links for 2008-02-01

Redirection – Manage 301 redirections without modifying Apache | Urban Giraffe “Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have.” (tags: wordpress plugin) Echoing Real Life, IBM Expands Second Life Presence in Asia –…

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links for 2007-11-14

Symphony and ODF IBM’s Lotus Symphony Continues ODF Push “In addition, IBM has loosened its normal product-licensing restrictions and will allow third parties to offer downloads or physical media without requiring special agreements with IBM. Based on the success of Symphony, IBM says it is doubling the resources for its…

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links for 2007-10-29

1,730 guitarists pay ode to Dylan-India-The Times of India “So you can imagine what happens when 1,730 guitarists jam on a single stage. Strumming Bob Dylan’s epic ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’, these guitarists gathered in a Shillong stadium to knock their way into a world high.” (tags: dylan music india)…

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links for 2007-08-30

PC World – Microsoft Pressed Swedish Partners to Vote for Open XML Note the comment about retraction. Perhaps they agree that the vote should be retracted? (tags: microsoft ooxml sweden) New Zealand casts NO on Open XML vote ‘”Stakeholders raised several philosophical concerns, and identified technical omissions, errors and inconsistencies…

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links for 2007-08-24

Stocks and Bonds Sun to change stock ticker to JAVA | Tech news blog – CNET News.com Please tell me that MSFT won’t become OOXML on NASDAQ next week. (grin) (tags: sun java) iPod and Open Source Rock the iPod with open-source upgrade – LinuxWorld “Life is too short to…

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links for 2007-07-21

Microsoft strikes GPLv3 from patent deal – LinuxWorld “Microsoft has revealed that its patent deal with Linspire doesn’t cover the new version of the GNU General Public License (GPL), the company’s latest effort to distance itself from the GPLv3.” (tags: microsoft linspire linux gplv3) Groklaw – Proprietizing Standards “While we…

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links for 2007-06-26

Artificial Intelligence Technology Review: Artificial Intelligence Is Lost in the Woods “I believe it is hugely unlikely, though not impossible, that a conscious mind will ever be built out of software.” (tags: ai software) Google and Microsoft Judge rejects Google’s anti-Microsoft antitrust bid | Tech news blog – CNET News.com…

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links for 2007-06-07

Open Office PC World India: Open Office 2.2 “OpenOffice 2.2 provides a superb, very stable Office suite that offers a challenge to Microsoft Office. Free doesn’t mean sub-standard.” (tags: openoffice microsoft) Open Documents, Bullies, and the Choice That People Really Want Microsoft Lobbies Legislatures to Kill ODF Bills: Time to…

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links for 2007-05-25

Open Source WorldofWarcraft – Community Ubuntu Documentation “This howto is for installing and playing World of Warcraft using Wine under Ubuntu-x86.”This starts but then crashes for me. (tags: warcraft wow linux wine ubuntu) These are Dell’s Ubuntu PCs “Long expected, Dell finally officially released its first line of consumer PCs…

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links for 2007-05-05

Open Source Zimbra to offer Ubuntu Linux support | Tech News on ZDNet “Spurred by customer demand, Zimbra has completed a version of its open-source calendar and e-mail server software for Canonical’s Ubuntu version of Linux.” (tags: zimbra opensource ubuntu linux) Zork Returns! Thanks to Open Source Asterisk PBX “Turns…

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links for 2007-04-01

Second Life International Technology Expo (ITE) – April 20 “The International Technology Expo (ITE) on Silicon Island is dedicated to showcasing over 40 of the finest business related SL products …” (tags: secondlife) Environment Sydney in climate change blackout – CNN.com I hope this spreads. (tags: environment) Open Source Who…

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links for 2007-03-29

Open Source SDA India – Choice: The Key Differentiator of Open Source “It was an eye opener, and in my opinion, quite damning to Microsoft. Are they really trying to push through their software, in the form of the inseparable OOXML/MS Office as an international standard?” (tags: microsoft india) Second…

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A view on OOXML and the standards process in India

Venkatesh Hariharan from Red Hat in India just put up a blog entry that talks about some of what went on in India prior to its submission of comments during the Contradiction Period for the JTC1 Fast Track process. Read it if only for the surprise ending. Shades of the…

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links for 2007-02-06

Paris turns 175,000 kids on to open-source key plan | CNET News.com “To help make kids aware of alternatives to proprietary software, the Ile-de-France, the political district of greater Paris, will be giving 175,000 school children and apprentices a USB key loaded with open-source software.” (tags: france opensource) Google Watch…

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Brazil goes with OpenDocument Format (ODF)

The ODF Alliance just issued a press release praising the recent news out of Brazil: With the publication of version of its 2.0 e-Ping Interoperability Framework*, Brazil becomes the first country in South America to officially recommend ODF. The framework states that all .xls, .doc and .ppt files are in…

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IBM’s newest blogger

Bharath Duggirala is IBM‘s newest blogger over at developerWorks. He’s a young technologist working on support for WebSphere Community Edition/Geronimo over in India. He’s just put up his first entry externally after having an internal blog for quite a while. Stay tuned: I think he’ll be yet another important voice…

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