AA dumps Open Office, buys Microsoft for ‘compatibility’

Posted on: July 16, 2007 - 23:18 By: carl

Sad, but true apparently... Full Computerworld story here if you want more details. But wait! Lets just see how this stacks up...

The article indicates that "the majority of AA staff have used Open Office, with a small number also using the Microsoft product" and yet "compatibilty... within the organisation and with external parties" is an issue? I struggle to see how, if "the majority" are using OO, compatibility within the organisation is a problem... and even when compared with external parties the solution is very straight forward, you just send them an OO cd or point them at OpenOffice.org.

NZOSS President's June Report

The NZOSS completed another year with its AGM on Sunday. Minutes of the AGM will be released but other than normal legal society business the main news was that Peter Harrison a founder and long time NZOSS President has stepped down. I am glad to say that Peter will remain on as Vice President and will continue with much of the work he has been leading.

Thanks to all those that turned up online and in person to the AGM. Other changes that took place were that Vik Olliver was seconded to the council. Vik has indicated that he will take on the title of "Events Organiser". Chris Daish, another new council member, has taken on the role of "Government Officer".

Three Distributors reject Microsoft Agreement

Red Hat, Ubuntu and Mandriva have all rejected patent agreements with Microsoft. Microsoft has not been able to publicly identify any infringing patents, leading many observers to compare their strategy to that of SCO who also used unspecified intellectual property infringement claims that later proved to be baseless. Microsoft did however offer incentive to distributors such as Novell in a deal that will see Novell on the receiving end of substantial patent royalties.

Open Source Awards Announced

Leading open source organisations are coming together to celebrate the New Zealand open source success story. The initiative, spearheaded by New Zealand's largest independent open source provider Catalyst IT and the New Zealand Open Source Society, will present seven Awards for outstanding contributions and uses of open source in New Zealand.

Let the Race Begin

June 24th will see the NZOSS elect a new President. The AGM will be held across the country with venues in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch connected by Internet Conference. Vik Olliver and Don Christie will be running for President. Both candidates are very well respected in the open source community.

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