Free/Libre and Open Standards

It is said that vendor-defendant file and communications formats are the "second hand smoke" issue of the Internet. Before consumers/citizens can be said to have choice on ICT there must be a strong government support for free/libre and vendor neutral standards.

Microsoft Reaches Out to Open-Source Community: community responds with call to abolish software patents

An eWeek article by Darryl K. Taft titled "Microsoft Reaches Out to Open-Source Community" includes the following from technology lawyer Lawrence Rosen:

Rosen noted that the open-source community helped the World Wide Web Consortium develop a royalty-free intellectual property policy and is working with the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Systems (OASIS) and would like to work with Microsoft in the same way. In fact, Rosen said he would like to see the software industry do away with software patents altogether.

Asterisk Breeds a Cottage Industry

speaks about the industry that FLOSS Private Branch Exchange software Asterisk has built around it. The article and feedback demonstrate the opportunities that exist building products and services around FLOSS software. Locally in Ottawa there is Xelerance which offers support services.

Open Source Advocate, Mitch Kapor, Will Keynote at OASIS Symposium

An OASIS members message includes (links added):

Mitchell Kapor, founder and President of the Open Source Applications Foundation, will deliver the keynote address at the OASIS Symposium, to be held Monday, 25 April, in New Orleans. Kapor is also the founder of the Lotus Development Corporation, co-founder of the Electronic Freedom Foundation and current director of both the Mitchell Kapor Foundation and the Level Playing Field Institute.

OASIS approves Open Document Format standard for public review

This European Union (IDABC) document from January 2005 includes:

The OASIS Open Office XML Format Technical Committee last week approved the OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) 1.0 specification as a Committee Draft and in its last meeting has approved it for public review.

IDABC stands for Interoperable Delivery of European eGovernment Services to public Administrations, Business and Citize

The Future is Open: What OpenDocument Is and Why You Should Care

This GrokLaw article primarily by Daniel Carrera includes:

Executive summary

Quiz: Complete the sentence,"OpenDocument is ..."

(a) An open, XML-based file format.
(b) An open standard, supported by the OASIS and ISO standards groups.
(c)The default file format for the upcoming 2.0 and KOffice 1.4.
(d) A top prospect for an official format for the European Commission.
(e) Our best chance to fight vendor lock-in associated with proprietary formats.
(f) All of the above. Is Four


Today we are four. On 13 October 2000 Sun Microsystems donated the source to StarOffice to the open-source community.

Read more... is the reference implimentation of the OASIS open office XML standard. This is an important standard to break free of vendor dependance for office productivity software such as Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and graphics.

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