Daily Links for Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Open Source Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So ComputerworldUK / Glyn Moody This confirms what many of us have been warning about for some time: that Microsoft’s new-found eagerness to “engage” with open source has nothing to do with a real desire to reach a pacific accommodation with free…

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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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IBM/Lotus, Canonical/Ubuntu, and your Linux desktop

Today IBM and Canonical announced the next phase of their program to deliver Lotus desktop- and cloud-based software to users running on Ubuntu Linux. Here are a few links that sum up the announcement: IBM and Canonical Launch Linux- and Cloud-based Desktop Software in the U.S. Reuters Today IBM (NYSE:…

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No-cost office suites for the Mac

This article and something I saw earlier on the web today reminded me that not everyone is aware of office productivity suites for the Mac that are available for no cost. Microsoft grants Mac Office 11th-hour reprieve ComputerWorld / Gregg Keizer Just a day before Microsoft was to have retired…

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IBM Lotus Symphony free download

Several people have asked me about Lotus Symphony, the free office productivity suite included in the package we announced this week for Africa with Canonical (Ubuntu) and Virtual Bridges (VERDE). The primary Symphony site is here, and the download section is here. Versions are available for Ubuntu Linux, Red Hat…

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IBM and Canonical partner on software package for Africa

The Wall Street Journal broke the story this morning of a partnership between IBM and Canonical to provide a software package for users of netbooks and other thin clients in Africa. The package, which can be configured in several ways to provide both netbook-based and cloud-based software, is expected to…

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Daily Links for Monday, September 14, 2009

IBM Adds Widgets to Symphony Office Suite internetnews.com / Larry Barrett: This latest iteration lets users drag and drop widgets into Lotus Symphony. IBM developers say this feature distinguishes it from static office productivity tools such as Microsoft Word and that IBM and third-party developers, including independent software vendors, individual…

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Daily Links for August 11, 2009

VDI – Virtual Desktop Infrastructure InfoWorld: Why Microsoft is sabotaging desktop virtualization Analysis: Microsoft‘s licensing makes VDI unaffordable, to keep its stranglehold on desktop Windows licenses intact “There’s no other way to cut this: It’s simply way more expensive to license a Windows desktop OS for a VDI environment than…

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Life with Linux: Up and running, and changing the look

In the previous entry on this topic I did some basic personal customizations to my Ubuntu 9.04 Linux installation on my Lenovo T400 laptop. As I left it, I was about to install the IBM internal software layer that contains things such as Lotus Notes, SameTime, and Symphony. That went…

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Daily Links 03/17/2009 (a.m.)

50,000 university students get free Lotus Symphony – Network World “Some 50,000 Australian university students will receive a free version of IBM‘s Lotus Symphony software this month as part of on-campus promotions managed by StudentRights.com.” tags: OB, Symphony, IBM, Lotus Microsoft Azure cloud suffers first crash | Between the Lines…

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Backups

It’s well known that you should back up your data. If your hard disk crashes, it can be a major problem to recover your information. On my Mac I use Time Machine with an external hard disk. This is better than nothing and very useful, but is still a problem…

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Daily Links 01/07/2009 (p.m.)

A rare peek at Homeland Security’s files on travelers – This Just In – Budget Travel “A passenger record typically includes the name of the person traveling, the name of the person who submitted the information while arranging the trip, and details about how the ticket was bought, according to…

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Compatibility, interoperability, and interchangeability

I often find it amusing when people pull out a very significant sounding, obviously committee-written definition of “interoperability.” If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that the definition was written and then delivered on a stone tablet. Is this necessary, or is interoperability one of those things that…

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Daily Links 12/10/2008 (a.m.)

Black Duck Dispels Top Five Open Source Myths “The third myth Black Duck sets out to dispel is that there are only a few billion lines of open source code out there. However, “This figure is an order of magnitude too low,” the Black Duck study said. “There are tens…

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LaTeX revisited

Back in my math days before 1999 or so, I needed a document preparation system that could handle formulas and was programmable. That really meant one thing, TeX, or its somewhat easier to use set of extension packages, LaTeX. I did my doctoral dissertation using this and I did the…

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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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Daily Links 06/13/2008 (p.m.)

AMD hopes to wreak Havok on physics with new partnership “Havok was acquired by Intel last November, which means the company is working with Intel’s rival with Intel’s blessing. Physics, to adapt an adage about politics, can apparently make for strange bedfellows, and ATI is probably the glue that will…

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Daily Links 06/04/2008 (p.m.)

More Cuts as United Grounds Low-Cost Carrier – NYTimes.com “United Airlines said Wednesday that it would discontinue its low-fare airline, called Ted, retire aircraft and cut up to 1,100 more jobs, in an effort to lessen the impact of high prices for jet fuel.” tags: OB, travel, United Airlines A…

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Microsoft says they will support ODF natively, join OASIS ODF committee?

At various times in the three years in which I’ve been working on OpenDocument Format (ODF) adoption I’ve asked myself “What would success look like?”. In full, success would mean that consumers, governments, and businesses would recognize the value of open standards developed in a transparent, community-based, and collaborative way,…

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More on the New York State report: A customer’s request

Yesterday I mentioned that New York State published their “May 2008 Electronic Documents Report to the Governor and Legislature” that has been under development for several months. I included a paragraph from the executive summary that I think is a scathing indictment of the “oh, we need two standards for…

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Life after Windows, Day 1

My work laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad T60p that came with Windows XP and all sorts of IBM software that allows me to access my Lotus Notes email and get through the corporate firewall. As soon as I got it, I split the disk in half and have had various…

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links for 2008-02-17

Can Microsoft be trusted on OOXML covenants?: Insight – Software – ZDNet Australia “Developers wanting to use Microsoft‘s Office Open XML specification will need to brush up on their legal skills.” (tags: microsoft ooxml) Datamation Announces 2008 Product of the Year Winners “Given Office’s status, it’s a major eyebrow raiser…

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links for 2008-01-19

Why does the MacBook Air make so many so dumb? | The Apple Core | ZDNet.com “Who will be customers of this classy machine? Captains of enterprise and commerce. Traditionally, these customers have been Windows users. But now they will buy Apple’s new ultralight and join the ranks of switchers.”…

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links for 2007-12-29

Wow, So OOXML Isn’t Perfect After All The Deprecated “Smoke Screen” of MS Office Open XML (OOXML) | Fanatic Attack “In an effort to win quick converts to its bid to have Microsoft Office Open XML (MOOXML) accepted as an ISO standard, Microsoft is deprecating parts of its widely-criticized MOOXML.”…

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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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