Red Hat announces its virtualization plan

Yesterday Red Hat announced its plans around virtualization in its press release “Red Hat Announces Broad ISV Ecosystem is Virtualization-Ready”. In part, the press release states With today’s news, Red Hat ISV partners are ensured through an Application Binary Interface (ABI) guarantee that their certified applications are capable of running…

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My personal favorite posts for 2008

As we wind down down 2008 and head into the holidays, I’ve been doing some planning about blog posts and longer pieces I plan to write in 2009. As part of that, I decided to go back over 2008 and list some of favorite posts from this year. “Ten challenges…

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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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Family UK Trip, Days 2 and 3

On the first day after we flew into London’s Heathrow airport, we rented a car, drove to Stonehenge, went on to Stourhead, and then drove to Bath. Though I’ve been to England many times on business, almost all my time there has been spent near London. This last year I…

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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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Becta in the UK says “no no” to OOXML

According to an article in PublicTechnology.net, “Becta advises on Microsoft Vista & Office 2007 for schools & colleges”, upgrades to Microsoft Windows Vista and Office 2007. It says, in part: The key recommendations from Becta’s report are: Upgrading existing ICT systems to Microsoft Vista or Office 2007 is not recommended…

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An “OOXML is a bad idea” blog entry compendium

I thought I would put together a list of some of my blog entries that touch on the OOXML issue now being considered in the JTC1 Fast Track Procedure. This isn’t everything I’ve ever written, but it includes most of the main points. I’ve also included a few related entries.…

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Top Ten blog entries and some stats

Since I started experiencing the “CPU Exceeded” problems several weeks ago, I moved off Mint and exclusively to Google Analytics for my website statistics. Therefore these popularity rankings and stats come from that new source. The top ten most read blog entries in the last month in decreasing order of…

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The US OOXML discussion is public

Via Simon Phipps and Chris Ward, the discussions around the US recommendation for or against Microsoft’s Office “Open XML” product data format specification becoming an ISO standard is now public. Visit Simon’s blog for the links. In a perfect world, we would know about and could see every committee email…

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Canada requests OOXML comments

The Standards Council of Canada is requesting comments from Canadians for the SCC’s consideration of Microsoft’s Office Open XML spec (OOXML) as an ISO standard. If you are eligible, you can leave your remarks from that page but you also might want to see what others have said. I understand…

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Astroturf grassroots for OOXML?

First we saw Microsoft trying to drum up some support in the UK for their OOXML product specification turned into a “standard” via a petition. Now there is mention in Slashdot and elsewhere of what is appearing to be part of a well orchestrated campaign to stop ODF in California.…

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#5. Contradicting Microsoft Office Open XML – The definitive statements

Groklaw has now finished in great detail the definitive case for why Open XML is problematic as a potential ISO standard, and certainly problematic to be shoved through a fast track process: “Deadline Looms to Express Concerns about ECMA 376 Office Open XML.” If upon reading this you feel you…

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