LinuxWorld 2008 Prediction #7: Standards

Although I’ve previously published the slides for the talk I gave at LinuxWorld 2008 in San Francisco, I thought it might be useful to add some additional comments in the blog about each of the eight predictions I made. This is not the full text of what I said nor…

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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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Open Blog Rerun: “Open Standards vs. Open Source, Part 1: Standards”

Since I’m traveling this week and not likely to post much, I’ve scheduled some entries like this to point to some of my personal favorite blog writings. Here’s today’s blog blast from the past. Title: “Open Standards vs. Open Source, Part 1: Standards” Date: January 25, 2006 Excerpt: At this…

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Open Blog Rerun: “Interoperability and substitutability”

Since I’m traveling this week and not likely to post much, I’ve scheduled some entries like this to point to some of my personal favorite blog writings. Here’s today’s blog blast from the past. Title: “Interoperability and substitutability” Date: September 5, 2006 Excerpt: There is another question that I would…

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Open Blog Rerun: “Will virtual worlds save the standards process?”

Since I’m traveling this week and not likely to post much, I’ve scheduled some entries like this to point to some of my personal favorite blog writings. Here’s today’s blog blast from the past. Title: “Will virtual worlds save the standards process?” Date: July 10, 2007 Excerpt: While it’s nice…

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Open Blog Rerun: “Avoid the single supplier document taxes”

Since I’m traveling this week and not likely to post much, I’ve scheduled some entries like this to point to some of my personal favorite blog writings. Here’s today’s blog blast from the past. Title: “Avoid the single supplier document taxes” Date: February 28, 2007 Excerpt: When customers are restricted…

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Open Blog Rerun: “Interoperability vs. intraoperability: your open choice”

Since I’m traveling this week and not likely to post much, I’ve scheduled some entries like this to point to some of my personal favorite blog writings. Here’s today’s blog blast from the past. Title: “Interoperability vs. intraoperability: your open choice” Date: December 6, 2006 Excerpt: Software succeeds because the…

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Open Blog Rerun: “Adjusting to a more open world: Understanding and overcoming resistance to open technologies”

Since I’m traveling this week and not likely to post much, I’ve scheduled some entries like this to point to some of my personal favorite blog writings. Here’s today’s blog blast from the past. Title: “Adjusting to a more open world: Understanding and overcoming resistance to open technologies” Date: July…

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Open Blog Rerun: “Grading open standards: what does purely open mean?”

Since I’m traveling this week and not likely to post much, I’ve scheduled some entries like this to point to some of my personal favorite blog writings. Here’s today’s blog blast from the past. Title: “Grading open standards: what does purely open mean?” Date: September 20, 2005 Excerpt: People stop…

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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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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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South Africa appeals ISO/IEC OOXML decision

Evidently the attempt to fast track the huge OOXML specification is not over. The national standards body of South Africa has decided to appeal the decision. See Andy Updegrove’s and Steve Pepper’s blogs for the story and links. Both are worth a read. Update: Groklaw also has an article about…

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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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New York State document study is available

See the “May 2008 Electronic Documents Report to the Governor and Legislature”. I especially like this bit in the executive summary: Increased numbers of formats for doing the same office tasks do not increase choice in any positive manner. Use of multiple formats increases complexity and ongoing costs. The use…

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