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Linux distributors agree on PC standard

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In a move to make the freely distributed Linux operating system a stronger alternative to Microsoft's Windows, a group of major Linux distributors announced Friday that they have united on a standard set of components for desktop versions of Linux.

Interview: Bill Hilf, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Platform Strategy

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In recent times, the icy divide and the tremendous animosity between users of Microsoft's products and those who use open source products has thawed greatly. Earlier this month, a Microsoft executive delivered a keynote at the LinuxWorld conference in Boston for the first time ever. Hilf recently sat down with internetnews.com to talk about a number of contentious issues.

"FOSS 101" - A Reality Check on Linux and Open Source in Higher Education

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Linux and other Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) enjoy a reputation for ubiquitous use in educational settings. While FOSS openness and low acquisition costs resonate with the approach and needs of academia, it's proving difficult to establish a clear adoption trend.

OpenDocument group 'optimistic' on certification

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The recently formed OpenDocument Format Alliance is expressing its confidence that the file format will be approved by the International Organisation for Standardisation next month.

Sun streaks ahead in open source DRM and CAS

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We can see from last week's story on Sun Microsystems DReaM DRM that it is rapidly honing in on a future open source DRM market, with a completely new vision of how DRM should work, and it's running at least six months ahead of schedule by our reckoning.

OpenDocument Alliance Triples in Size

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The ODF Alliance, an organization of companies supporting the adoption of the OASIS OpenDocument format, announced Tuesday that its membership had more than tripled in less than two months. Since March 3, its ranks have grown from 38 to 138.

Open source security in government

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Enterprise-level features, flexibility and cost have always been key factors for organizations that choose open source over proprietary technology. For IT managers in the government sector, however, these benefits often take a back seat to another software characteristic: IT security. Is open source secure enough for the government's IT infrastructure?

The day my father blew himself up

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the visible front of the current standards battle royale: in this corner, at 220 pounds, Open Document Format (ODF)! In the other corner, the 800 pound gorilla, Microsoft Office 12 XML format! Hopefully, we won’t get caught in the explosion.

In the Belly of the Beast

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In the beautiful-irony department, I have just learned that my name and copyright now appears in the EULA (End-User License Agreement) of a Microsoft product. A vector-graphics editor called “Microsoft Expressions”, apparently.

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