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Why ODF should be the chosen one

Louis Suarez-Potts, an employee of Sun Microsystems, was speaking at the Australian national Linux conference in Hobart about the OpenDocument Format and and the reasons for using it. He argued strongly for the use of ODF in order to prevent lock-in, pointing out that people should start thinking about the consequences of trusting their data to proprietary formats. He gave the example of coal; 50 years ago nobody had ever given a thought to what the burning of coal would do to the environment and now the effects were being felt.

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OASIS Committee approves ODF 1.0 Errata 01

The OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications Technical Committee has approved ODF 1.0 Errata 01. The errata document includes references to ODF 1.0 Second Edition (ISO/IEC 26300) and N0492, the Japanese National Body comments.

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ODF Alliance: Annual Report for 2008

Governments increasingly turn to OpenDocument Format as ODF Alliance marks unprecedented 2008.



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AbiWord gets funding for ODF development

AbiSource Corporation is to receive funding to improve the ODF compatibility of AbiWord,
the free software word processor. AbiSource Corporation, a company created by some of the AbiWord developers a few months ago, was approached by the Dutch non-profit organisation NLnet which was interested in seeing AbiWord gain better compatibility with the OpenDocument format. This would in turn would boost AbiWord's compatibility with

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IBM and Partners Unveil Linux-Based Virtual Desktop

IBM, Virtual Bridges and Canonical have announced availability of a Linux-desktop solution designed to drive savings by amplifying Lotus collaboration software and Ubuntu to a larger user base through virtualization.

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