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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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FSG Speaking at CA World

Jim Zemlin, executive director of the FSG, will be speaking at the upcoming CA World in Las Vegas.

Monday, November 14, 2005: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

“Red Hat, SuSE and LSB: Linux Distro Update Panel”

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LSB Achieves ISO Approval

Yesterday the Free Standards Group announced that the LSB has achieved approval as an official international standard. You can read the press release here. This is a huge achievement for the LSB and the Linux operating system. As the release states:

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Moglen on Free Standards

Eben Moglen, open source legal expert, says standards are very much in the news in this article in eWeek.

Asked how much support there was for open standards in the business community, Moglen said the open standards idea has enormous vigor in it at the moment.

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LSB 3.0

The Free Standards Group is proud to announce the availability of the Linux Standard Base 3.0. The press took quite a bit of notice of both this announcement as well as the joining of Linux software giant CA to the FSG. We’re seeing more and more participation by ISVs in the LSB and FSG. eWeek magazine in particular grasped the import of the announcement in this fine editorial:

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Open source alone won’t give us the freedom we want.

A recent report titled “Roadmap for Open ICT Ecosystems” developed at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard law school based in part on input from 13 different countries suggests that government policies should “mandate technology choice, not software development models.”

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Massachusetts Gets the Importance of Open Standards

This weeks Forbes covers how Massachusetts decided that they are planning to move away from Micorsoft Office and is planning to order all state employees to create and save documents using only open format software.

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How Linux Could Overthrow Microsoft

In an interesting article from ZDNet, John Carroll catalogues what he thinks Linux needs to compete with the Microsoft ecosystem. He says,

Ecosystems are essentially standards that extend across software markets. They simplify development by lowering costs, shortening development timeframes and leveraging knowledge across markets.

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Linux Will Succeed Where UNIX Failed

Imagine a world five to ten years from now where an ecosystem of profitable entities competes around a global operating standard for Linux. In this world, application vendors target different platforms at significantly lower cost, whether they are selling scientific applications into clustered environments, desktop applications for end users, or multi-lingual applications in emerging markets. In this world, and only this world, a true alternative to the global domination of a proprietary de facto operating system can be found. The result?

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