Upcoming OpenOffice.org 2009 Conference in Orvieto, Italy

The next incarnation of the OpenOffice.org 2009 Conference will be held in a couple of weeks in Orvieto, Italy. The exact dates are November 3, 2009 – November 6, 2009. In addition to OpenOffice.org specifically, the conference will include discussions of the Open Document Format (ODF) and other software that…

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Daily Links 12/01/2008 (p.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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…, 18, 19, … 20!

Andy Updegrove tells an interesting story about a slight miscount regarding the JTC1 contradiction period for the Microsoft Office formats. Evidently it was not 19 countries that submitted comments, but rather 20 with Italy now properly included in the list. As I mentioned in an earlier post, ODF is now…

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ODF adoption in South Africa

Hot on the news about the OpenDocument Format becoming a standard in Italy, we have this about adoption in the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR): CSIR President and CEO Dr Sibusiso Sibisi, a well-known proponent of OSS and the driving force behind the CSIR’s adoption, comments:…

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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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Latest ODF Alliance Newsletter – 14 July, 2006

Here’s the latest ODF Newsletter that I’ve taken the liberty of embedding in full. If you want to subscribe yourself, here is the link. Microsoft Announces Development of OpenXML/ODF Translator Tool According to Microsoft, the tool, which will essentially be installable plug-ins, will provide two additional menu items – “OpenODF”…

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Why the ESB will help you say “I don’t care”

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to present the ideas of the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) in a way that parallels what we say about loose coupling for SOA in general. I think most people are to used to the idea that SOA supports a layer of abstraction…

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