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ODF Alliance Formed to Push ODF Adoption by Government

OpenDocument and OOXML36 Companies, associations and end-users have announcend the ODF Alliance in an effort to boost Government adoption of the OpenDocument Format
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The Emergence of the Digital Home

WirelessSingle standards can do small jobs, but it takes a village of standards (and standard setting organizations) to enable a Digital Home.
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Details Begin to Emerge on ECIS v. Microsoft EU Complaint

OpenDocument and OOXMLLate last week the European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS) filed a complaint in the EU against Microsoft, alleging anticompetitive behavior. That complaint was kept confidential, but additional details are now being (gradually) released.
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It's Now a Two Front War: The ODF Allies Launch an Offensive in Europe

OpenDocument and OOXMLUntil now, the action on ODF vs. the Microsoft XML Reference Schema has focused on Massachusetts. In the last two days, however, the supporters of ODF have launched an offensive in Europe - making it now a two-front war.
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ODF or Microsoft XML Reference Schema? Don't Forget About Adobe PDF

OpenDocument and OOXMLAdobe PDF has tended to be a footnote in the ODF story to date, principally figuring into the saga by presenting a somewhat troubling question: did the Massachusetts Information Technology Division (ITD) draw too fine a distinction in saying "no" to the Microsoft XML Reference Schema (especially after Microsoft agreed to make modifications to its license terms) while saying "yes" to Adobe PDF? But an interview with Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen indicates that Adobe's control of PDF - and now Flash - may give it a far bigger role from the desktop to mobile devices in the future than ODF may give any other vendor.
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Micron Sues Rambus (after all, it was their turn)

Intellectual property RightsGeorge Harrison wrote of the "Sue me - Sue You Blues." Rambus, Micron, Infineon and Samsung have been singing that one for years, and today Micron Technologies began a new verse, with its latest suit against Rambus. It all relates to a JEDEC standard setting initiative from the early 1990s, but it has reshaped standard setting.
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Open Source Business Conference West, Open Standards and Open Source

OpenDocument and OOXMLOn Wednesday I moderated a panel at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco. Gavin Clark at The Register.com titled his story about the session "Microsoft ignites idea of independent versions of Office" and subtitled it "Rivals Flame Redmond." That's a bit overwrought, but it was an interesting session none the less.
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The Globe Ombudsman Responds

OpenDocument and OOXMLYesterday I reported on the December 12 promise by the Boston Globe's ombudsman to look into how the story that contributed to the resignation of Massachusetts CIO Peter Quinn, and the fact that nothing had been heard since. Last night I got a response.
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When the Ombudsman Becomes Part of the Story

OpenDocument and OOXMLIt was on December 12, 2005 that Boston Globe ombudsman Richard Chacon promised to investigate how the article by Steve Kurkjian that helped to drive Peter Quinn from office came to be written. What's happened since then? As the reporters say, "Repeated requests for comment have remained unanswered"
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Peter Quinn Tells it Like it Was

OpenDocument and OOXMLPeter Quinn is out on the hustings telling his story, and for the first time has posted his slide show for public view. Here's what he has to say.