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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Remembering September

In early August I stated in this blog that after the OOXML JTC1 ballot closed on September 2, the sun would rise, the birds would sing, and so on. As we are now at the end of the month and about to move into October, I can state that those…

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