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News 2003-02: February


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2003-02: February
Andrew Grygus: Opinions 2003 And Beyond
Andrew Grygus's informed and informing opinion on the state and future of IT. Favorable mention of
USA Rivals chip away at Microsoft's dominance
Byron Acohido writes on the increasing threat posed to Microsoft Office by Open Source alternatives, such as
Bangkok Post Support growing for free Thai office suite
Karnjana Karnjanatawe writes that, "Use of the free Thai-language office suite, Pladao Office, is starting to catch on among corporate users, which are attracted to the alternative to the Microsoft Office suite as a way to reduce investment costs." [Pladao Office is Thai -Ed.] Worth reading.
NewsForge Interview: is gaining momentum
Robin 'Roblimo' Miller interviews Marketing Co-Lead Sam Hiser. "This article is a lightly-edited transcript of [an IRC] conversation. It sounds like the already excellent OOo is getting even better -- and more popular -- every month."
The Inquirer Swiss tax office distributes open source software
The original article is in German, but the British Inquirer has a pointed account of the Tax Office's use of
NewsForge Anger spews over Microsoft appearance at yet another Open Source event
Tina Gasperson reports that "Now that some people in the Free Software community have discovered Microsoft's Shared Source guru Jason Matusow is slated to speak at the Open Source for National and Local eGovernment Programs in the U.S.and EU conference, they are gunning for the show's organizer." Read more; the issues are interesting and have recently consumed the Marketing list.
NewsForge Open Source in Mexico
Robin 'Roblimo' Miller writes on the state of Open Source in Mexico. Worth reading.
c|net Trail of tears: MySQL, ODBC & OpenOffice 1.0
Joe Barr gives some excellent tips for integrating with databases.
c|net South Africa embraces open source
Paul Festa writes on the exciting news that Sout Africa has embraced Open Source Software. Worth reading.
IBM Developer Works Thinking XML: The open office file format
Uche Ogbuji writes a very positive review of and its XML file format. Here's the lead: " is a mature, open source, front office applications suite with the advantage of a saved file format based on an open XML DTD. This gives users and developers an extraordinary amount of flexibility and power in dealing with work produced in"
c|net Advocates join to promote desktop Linux
Stephen Shankland reports on the new Desktop Linux Consortium, of which is a founding member.
eWeek Microsoft Warns SEC of Open-Source Threat
As reported by Peter Galli, Microsoft has stated in an SEC filing that OSS may lower its bottom line because it may have to charge less.

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