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ODF meet your new enemy: OOXML

Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) document format has been adopted as an international document standard and joins the likes of ODF and PDF (yes, there’s a lot of acronyms).

I will echo what Knowledge Economy International, which campaigns for fairer access to knowledge, says: “We are disappointed,” (the director, James Love).

I don’t see why we need two document formats (PDF excluded) as an ISO-standard, especially when OOXML has 6,000 pages of code whereas ODF has a mere 860 pages. This, apparently, makes the two formats incompatible, “…many experts argue that translation between the two is too incomplete to allow true interoperability – a concept that Microsoft has recently publicly embraced,” Reuters says.

Who can we blame for the adopting of OOXML? Well, the United States, Britain, Germany and Japan, according to the OpenDoc Society, to name a few. I’m just glad that I can say that opponents not only included China and India but also New Zealand.

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Linux spreads; Government hops on board

I am an Ubuntu (Linux) user so it warms my heart to hear that IBM is going to start offering Linux-loaded computers in Eastern Europe.

And on the note of using Ubuntu, I was attending a workshop on, basically, the Government and it’s processes today. At this Government-run workshop the speaker had a laptop loaded with Ubuntu.

While there were a few technical hitches with running a DVD, everything else (Power points) ran great.

I’m glad that more and more people are ditching pay software and going with free and open source technology. Why pay hundreds of dollars for an operating system or a word processor when you can get an equivalent for free!? In this example I’m thinking of Ubuntu (of course) and OpenOffice respectively.

I’m really pissed off with Ubuntu now

Well I was quite looking forward to getting my hands on Ubuntu 7.10 and I have to say now that I am regretting the move that took hours to download.

First of all it took ages to even get me connected onto the Internet, and it still only works with Firefox and nothing else. And it still goes slow.

Secondly, I’m not overly pleased with the overall look and theme of it. In some cases I preferred the older Ubuntu, although I will reitirate: in some cases. As I quite like the fonts, etc.

And thirdly, the 3D effects do not work and I was quite looking forward to them. But becuase I have an ATI card (X1600 Pro), I can’t get them.

Bloody open-source, might as well go back to XP, at least that does everything (almost) I want it to! I had have expected everything to go fine and not have this major networking problem.

Open source in Government a no go

New Zealand politician, Nandor Tanczos, has openly criticised the Parliamentry computer system over their overuse of “crashing” Microsoft applications and operating systems.

Tanczos said on the Frogblog that he encountered huge hurdles just to be allowed to install Firefox on his computer, and then he was assured that he would get no support if thing turned bad (like that would happen with Firefox…).

Governments should be doing more to encourage the use of open source. Isn’t that what democracy is all about? “That’s without even mentioning the cost benefits.”

And to top it off, they are still running Windows 2000. My school got rid of that piece of slow shit a wee while ago; thank goodness.

Hat tip: Whale Oil Beef Hooked.


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