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Open Standards Defined

Great article on Groklaw discussing the definition of “open standards” and how it relates to ODF. This is an important point to understand and discuss as more and more companies (including some monopolies) throw the term “open standard” around in their marketing material.

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Ian Murdock joins the FSG

We are thrilled to announce the hiring of Ian Murdock as our CTO. He was also elected chair of the LSB. You can read more in eWeek and a longer piece here.

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Linux Applications

Here’s another reminder that the future success of Linux is closely correlated with the number of applications available for it. This Computerworld article talks about the lack of success Linux has achieved in banks. The LSB and the activities of the FSG are here to fix that.

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China certification announcement

Today the Free Standards Group opened a certification lab in China. The LSB will form the basis of the National Standard in the PRC. This is huge news for the LSB, for China, for international standards and for Linux.

You can read about it in BusinessWeek and on CNET.

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FSG Election Results

The FSG Board of Directors election is over. You can find the results here.

Please consult the election policy if you have questions.

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Why Corporate IT Should Care about Linux Standards

Let’s evaluate the following statement for accuracy. True or False? “[Open Source] severely limits the possibility of proprietary “lock-in

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FSG at Gartner Open Source Conference

Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Free Standards Group, will be presenting this week at Gartner’s Open Source Conference. He will be leading a session on open standards and how they’re a crucial piece of the open source solution for CIOs. The FSG will be presenting this information in a webinar available on our site in 2006.

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Candidates Announced

The initial listing of candidates for the FSG board of directors election has been published. The voting will commence on December 1.

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FSG Board Election News

The Free Standards Group will be having a board election later this year. For those who are interested, the election policy can be found here.

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Microsoft fighting Open Standards

Here is the latest on the State of Massachusets battle with Microsoft over open standards. This could be rectified quickly. All Microsoft has to do is comply with the Open Document standard format.

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