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Author Topic: Two important wins for Free Software and open standards  (Read 1935 times)

Offline windowsrefund

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Two important wins for Free Software and open standards
« on: September 27, 2005, 12:57:51 PM »
Massachusetts standardizes on the OpenDocument format for office productivity software. In other words, goodbye Microsoft Office!

http://www.softwaregarden.com/cgi-bin/oss-sig/wiki.pl?OpenFormatMeetingSept2005

Peru passes a law encouraging the procurement of Free Software by government.
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fapesol.org.pe%2Fnews%2F197&langpair=es%7Cen&hl=es&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&prev=%2Flanguage_tools

zeno

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Governments should adopt Standards
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2005, 03:43:23 PM »
This is encouraging.
I had heard cries for the U.S. government (again in the wake of Katrina) to make their ".gov" websites (in their entirety) standardized and accessible to different platforms of browser other than Internet Explorer (i.e. proprietary, commercial software).

Wouldn't it be nice if the secret code that runs the black boxes of electronic voting and used during democratic "elections" in this so-called Federalist Republic also be open-sourced and subject to the scrutiny of the tax-payer who pays for them? ~:-(
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daveed

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Two important wins for Free Software and open standards
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2005, 02:51:34 PM »
Just think how affordable a personal computer could be if say, Dell shipped them empty of MS crap and instead included a (free) Open Source system on CD. A family of even modest means could purchase a the latest hardware system for peanuts. Just about any school, start-up enterprise, or group could outfit themselves with computers.

And I don't think this would hurt manufacturers, either. After all, they pay for the licensing fees for built-in Windows software, and pass that cost on to the consumer.

Licensing fees are among the biggest sources of $$$ for Micro$oft.

Offline windowsrefund

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Two important wins for Free Software and open standards
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2005, 05:36:32 PM »
yea, I know something about that :)


 

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