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OpenOffice 3.0 beta released

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| A beta version of OpenOffice.org 3.0 has been released for evaluation by the
| public.
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http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.p...112850&rid=-50

OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta is ready for testing

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| The OpenOffice.org Community is pleased to announce that the public beta
| release of OpenOffice.org 3.0 is now available. This beta release is made
| available to allow a broad user base to test and evaluate the next major
| version of OpenOffice.org, but is not recommended for production use at this
| stage.
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http://marketing.openoffice.org/3.0/...ementbeta.html


Recent:

EuroOffice

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| EuroOffice is the name of a free and open-source OpenOffice.org derivative
| and a set of accompanying free and non-free extensions. Most of the
| extensions also work with "vanilla" OpenOffice.org. *
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http://opendocument.xml.org/product/eurooffice


BE, NL: governments will not use ISO OOXML

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| Asked to comment on last week's ISO approval for OOXML, Fedict's chief IT
| architect, Peter Strickx, said: "There will have to be multiple
| implementations, in order for us not to become dependent on a single vendor.
| It will also have to be compatible with open standards that we already use,
| in this case Open Document Format ODF." * *
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http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/en/document/7562


DE: German Foreign Ministry will not use ISO OOXML

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| In the weeks prior to the second round of votes last September,
| irregularities were reported in the standard committees in many participating
| countries. These claims *continued until after the final discussion, in
| February and March this year. *
|
| The European Commission has started an investigation into the allegations.
| The Commission sent a letter to all EU national standards committees in
| Europe, requesting information about the process. Sources at the Commission
| declined to comment, as the investigation is on-going and no official
| position has yet been adopted. * *
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http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/en/document/7561


MEPs Question Microsoft's Eligibility for Gov't Projects

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| The Commission, which has not responded yet, is allowed a few weeks to reply.
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http://www.pcworld.com/businesscente..._projects.html


EU: Europarlement testing Ubuntu, OpenOffice and Firefox

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| The European Parliament's IT department is testing the use of GNU/Linux
| distribution Ubuntu, OpenOffice, Firefox and other Open Source applications,
| the British MEP James Nicholson explained last week in a letter to Italian
| MEP Marco Cappato. *
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http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/en/document/7565


Is Microsoft Now Banned from EU Contracts?

http://www.computerworlduk.com/toolb...=697&blogid=14


Euro MP thinks Microsoft should be banned from government contracts

http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...arliament-asks


Green MEP says Microsoft should be excluded from EU contract awarding procedure

http://www.heise.de/english/newstick...338/from/rss09
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