February 2008

EU hits Microsoft with Record 899 Million Euro Antitrust Fine

This brings the total to 1.4 billion euros.

Interestingly this last fine covers the period of non-compliance with EU anti-trust rulings from June 21, 2006 to October 21, 2007.

The AFP article goes on to say:

Despite the court ruling, Microsoft's troubles with EU competition regulators are far from over.

Since its court victory, the European Commission has launched a new investigation targeting the interoperability of a broad range of software, including Microsoft's popular Office package, with rival products.

NZOSS and OOXML Disclaimer

There is plenty of media interest in this story right now. I have received many calls and there is also a lot of blogging going on. Unfortunately the way the NZOSS is participating in Standards New Zealand's OOXML Advisory Committee is occasionally misunderstood or misreported.

Ministry of Justice updates open-source policy

Posted on: February 13, 2008 - 22:19 By: carl

This has been noted before but there is now an article in Computerworld NZ about it. A couple of soundbytes from Don Christie plus some extracts from the paper itself.

The article mentions a total cost of ownership tool that may be used as part of a business case. The website is http://www.tcotool.org/index_en.html if you want to check it out.

LCA 2008 is over.

Posted on: February 4, 2008 - 22:21 By: carl

Another superb LinuxConf is over. Once again delegates were enlightened and entertained by quality speakers from all over the world at the University of Melbourne. Most of the conference sessions were recorded and the Ogg/speex files are available here.

It is always a buzz to attend events like this where you get to meet the people who are making a difference in the world today. Check out the OLPC slides from Jim Gettys to get a feel for some of the challenges people face. And speaking of the OLPC a number were given out at random during the conference with the request to "do something wonderful". I know that a number made it to New Zealand so here is hoping we can.

LinuxConf 2009 will be held in Hobart in Tasmania so start planning now.