Monthly Archive:: March 2008

25 Mar 2008

2008 Future of Open Source survey

Some key findings: Approximately 81 percent of respondents feel the economy’s turbulence is “good” for open source software Respondents revealed that the top three factors that make open source software attractive include: lower acquisition and maintenance costs
24 Mar 2008

Standards and communications

I have tried to follow the discussion about the standardization of the Microsoft Office Open XML document format, or ECMA-376:2006 or ISO/IEC DIS 29500. The fast track process is in the final stage, with the national bodies
15 Mar 2008 3.0 goes to LGPLv3

The change has been announced last week, but I think it’s important to read Simon Phipp’s comments on its relevance. This quote sums it up:’s license will change to LGPLv3 as part of a broader set
5 Mar 2008

A remarkable post about the BRM

Antonis Christofides, one of the Greek delegates, has written an extensive and remarkable post about the BRM. He clarifies many of the points that were left in the dark by most of the other delegates that have
3 Mar 2008

Open Standards Requirement for Software

Reprinted from the Open Source Initiative web site: The Requirement An “open standard” must not prohibit conforming implementations in open source software. The Criteria To comply with the Open Standards Requirement, an “open standard” must satisfy the
3 Mar 2008

From the OOo February Newsletter

Developer’s Guide is now in the Wiki The Developer’s Guide is now available online in the Wiki. The main purpose of moving the guide into the wiki is for maintenance reasons and the hope to
3 Mar 2008

I’m confused, and I’m not alone

Matthew Aslett of The 451 Group comments about the Geneva BRM. He is probably confused as much as I am, but he reports a number of opinions (including those that I’ve mentioned in my previous post). I
3 Mar 2008

I’m confused

I’ve tried to understand what has happened in Geneva during the Ballot Resolution Meeting, a very important step during the Fast Track process for the standardization of the Office Open XML document format. I’ve gone through dozens