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It’s Official

The votes are in. The merger of the Open Source Development Labs and Free Standards Group has been formally approved by membership.  We’re very excited to begin The Linux Foundation.

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Linux Foundation reaction

We’re extremely pleased with the reaction on the launch of the Linux Foundation. This is an exciting time for all of us at the LF and we’re happy to see so many people discussing our cause.

A few of the best articles:

San Jose Mercury News

NY Times

Dana Blakenhorn’s blog on ZDNet

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Solving the ODF Accessibility Challenge

Last week, we announced that IBM had contributed a set of interfaces called IAccessible2 to the Free Standards Group as part of existing Accessibility workgroup.

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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 consortiuminfo.org.

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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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