Tuesday, October 30, 2007

What a day for standard formats and free software...

Today 3 news has came along related with standars and free software that I hope it gives light to people in general and local politics here on the Canary Islands, Sapin, about what's going on:

1.- German Foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, supports ODF.

2.- Open Document format (ODF) yesterday became an official standard for
South African government communications.

3.- Becta, the government's education technology agency, has today made a complaint to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for alleged anti-competitive practices by Microsoft in the schools software marketplace and in relation to Microsoft's approach to document interoperability.

...I want more days like today. By the way, thanks KDE for letting me become part of such an amazing project.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about this? http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9806369-7.html?tag=blog.1

Isn't this sad about ODF?

Anonymous said...

I’m not sure what you find sad about it, Anonymous.
Three people stirring up so much shit, or that news outlets give them the time of day?

toscalix said...

All the document you linked is a practical case of technical issues when you try to adapt non standard formats to standard ones. When a standard comes up it always happens the same. People that works with other formats get in trouble...and that is a shame...but we win much more than we loose by setting ODF as a standard.

ODF discussion has taken a lot of time. It isn't finish yet. Everybody who wanted got into it. The format is not perfect but is open so anyone can propose changes and discuss them to improve it.

What is the definition of market ready? ODF acomplishes all the needs for a company. IBM, Sun, etc. have been concerned about that. They helped improving the standard. Others did not. If a private company do not make any effort to interoperate with a standard, what can we do? Say no to interoperability?

I don't think so.

ODF can be implemented by any Office suite. KOffice is a good example. They are making a big effort to solve the technical problems. They believe in standards, so do I.

Despite more people and companies will need to put money and effort to implement ODF, in the long term, we all win.