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ODF workshop update

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| These are just a few of the government presenters we have assembled for the
| workshop. While the workshop is intended for governments, we have also
| assembled a number of influential speakers from the private sector who have
| been part of the growing public debate concerning document formats from the
| very beginning. Bob Sutor, IBM’s Vice President for Open Source and
| Standards, reflects back on the early days of the debate and takes a peek
| into the future. Simon Phipps, Chief Open Source Officer, Sun Microsystems,
| examines ODF and the adoption-led market. With every major vendor now at
| least promising to implement support for ODF, how do we get from
| standardization to interoperability? With the expected arrival of ODF v1.2
| and support for metadata, spreadsheet formula, and digital signatures, how
| has ODF’s value proposition been boosted for governments? We’ll also hear
| about the proposed revision of the influential European Interoperability
| Framework (EIF) and what it means for governments.


OpenOffice.org Power Tools

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| You may have seen that version 3 of OpenOffice.org is nearly ready for
| release - I am now running release candidate 2 and finding it ideal for work.
| Along with the new release, there's an important change emerging in
| OpenOffice.org development.


Days ago:

KOffice 2.0 Beta1 Released

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| KOffice uses the OpenDocument Format as its native format. This will
| guarantee interoperation with many other Office packages such as
| OpenOffice.org and MS Office. The KOffice team has representatives on the
| OASIS technical committee for ODF and has been a strong participant in the
| process of shaping ODF since its inception.



Open Document Formats finally default for Yale Law School A2K Conference

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| Open Document Formats have finally become the default document format for
| presentations. Having been at all three editions, I am personally impressed
| that the ISP has come this far. In the first edition, we had proprietary
| document formats; during the second edition, there was a 50-50 thing going on
| but the default still remained proprietary. The third edition has proved to
| be 100% ODF.


OpenOffice.org deployed in Malaysian Schools

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| Just announced today (27 August 2008), The Malaysian Administrative
| Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) and the Ministry of
| Education (MoE) are working with the State Government of Terengganu to
| further increase the adoption of Open Source Software in government and
| schools. This is announced at the "Open Source Software Seminar for
| Accelerated Adpotion" held at Wisma Darul Iman, Terengganu.


Malaysia's Sabah State Government moves to OpenOffice.org too.

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| In this very concise notice, Sabah's State Government has announced that they
| will be joining the OOo bandwagon!


Melaka City Council's OSS migration and savings

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| In our ongoing series of Free and Open Source Software deployments in
| Malaysia, OpenMalaysiaBlog is proud to highlight the efforts of the City
| Council of Melaka. They were one of the first few departments to migrate
| completely to OpenOffice.org (98% of their 300 hundred seats. They need to
| retain a few copies of MS Office for some difficult proprietary files). Back
| in 8 December 2006, the Mayor of Melaka, Y.Bhg. Dato’ Haji Zaini bin Mohd
| Nor, presented "Successful Deployment Of OpenOffice In The Public Sector
| Seminar" and was very enthusiastic about OpenOffice.org.


The State of Kedah moves to OpenOffice.org

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| A case study submitted to the Open Source Competency Center by the Center of
| Information Technology, Office of the Chief Minister and State Secretary of
| Kedah, has indicated that OpenOffice.org has been installed in 70% of the
| computers in the Kedah state government agencies. There are currently 2,202
| installed seats and by the looks of it, the numbers will just keep rising!


The entire State of Pahang moves to OpenOffice.org

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| Its just been made official that the State of Pahang is migrating all its
| productivity suites to OpenOffice.org. This succint memo from the State
| Secretary of Pahang entitled "Perlaksanaan Penggunaan Perisian OpenOffice.Org
| Di Semua Agensi dan Pentadbiran Negeri" (translated: "Implementation of
| OpenOffice.org suite in all State Agencies and Administrative centres")
| outlines the reasons for migrating, the benefits and how to proceed.

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