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Oracle Joins the Free Standards Group

Most of you by now have read the considerable amount of media coverage Oracle has generated with its Linux announcements. To my biased ears, the most important bit of news is Oracle’s joining the FSG at the platinum (highest) level. You can read the press release here. For an excellent take on the news, I recommend

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FSG Seeks Input from End Users on Open Source Standards

Are you currently using Linux or other open source software in your company? Do you have a formal open standards policy to protect your investment? Do you want to send a message to your open source vendors to support open standards? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, The Free Standards Group would like to get your perspective — and support — for a new white paper detailing how end users can benefit from open standards.

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New Free Standards Group Newsletter

The fall edition of our newsletter has just arrived. Check it out. Lots o’ stuff happening at the FSG!

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Denmark mandates open standards

More and more end users and governments are realizing how important open standards are to their technology policies. Denmark is the latest.

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Gartner Lauds the LSB

ZDNet just published an interview with Gartner Group Vice President Dion Wiggins where he was praised the Linux Standard Base and the Linux industry’s efforts at standardization:

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FSG at Gartner Open Source Summit

Jim, our executive director, will be delivering a keynote at Gartner’s Open Source Summit. He’ll be speaking on how open standards can prevent vendor lock in, even in the world of open source. This is an excellent show for end users. Let us know if you’ll be attending and what to meet.

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Using the LSB podcast

The folks at IBM DeveloperWorks interviewed Martin Streicher on his new tutorial on developing LSB-compliant appliations for their podcast. You can listen here.

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Microsoft says Open Source is too Complex

ZDNET Asia recently published this article on Microsoft’s view of open source software.

“One of the beauties of the open-source model is that you get a lot of flexibility and componentization. The big downside is complexity,” Ryan Gavin, Microsoft’s director of platform strategy, said on the sidelines of the company’s worldwide partner conference in Boston last month.

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New Tutorial on Building Apps with the LSB

IBM DeveloperWorks has a great tutorial on writing to the LSB currently on the front page. Martin Streicher, editor of Linux Magazine, wrote this with the help of the LSB workgroup. It’s a great resource for all Linux app developers.

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Free Standards Group Newsletter

We send out a regular newsletter to our members and other interested parties in the interest of good communication. I realize there is no reason it shouldn’t reach a wider audience. Here’s the latest. Please let me know if you have questions or comments. If you’d like to subscribe, please send an email stating as such to pr-at-our domain.

The last few months have been incredibly busy and fruitful for the FSG.

Highlights of our recent successes include:

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