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to OpenOffice 2.2
CPTTM started its migration to OpenOffice 1.1 in 2003 and it
has taken 2 years (2005) to finish (details here).
All 60+ employees have been usng it. Now we're upgrading to OpenOffice
2.2 for even better compatibility with MS Office documents, the support
for ODF (the
ISO office document format), the function to convert between
Traditional and Simplified Chinese and etc. The migration is planned to
take 2 months to complete.
There is a bug that has been holding us
back: If some Chinese text is set to use an English font (e.g., Arial),
it may display just fine, but when it is exported to a PDF, it will
appear as a box. To work around this problem, we'll be using the PDFCreator. The
users simply print to it as a network printer and then a PDF will be
saved into a certain folder.
In addition to CPTTM, there are other
case studies of recent OpenOffice migration: a large
corporation and a city
GPL v3 released
Many open source software programs are
licensed using the GPL v2 such as the Linux kernel or Samba. Now, GPL v3
has been released. Why is it important? It will prohibit deals like
one between Microsoft and Novell in the future. It doesn't
prohibit the existing deals, but it intends to require Microsoft to
grant the same patent protection to all users using the GPL v3 licensed
software in SuSE Linux. Microsoft
has stated that it will not provide patent protection to GPL v3 code in
SuSE. As new versions of Samba and some others are going to adopt
GPL v3, the Microsoft-Novell deal is going to fade away.
How to motivate
Here is a good
article on how to motivate your programmers.
My summary is: Give them the best hardware, let them solve
technical challenges, avoid micro-management and meetings.
Will Open XML become
an ISO standard?
The Open XML format specified
by Microsoft is being fast tracked to ISO certification. If it is
successful, there will be two ISO standards: ODF and Open XML. This is
not only confusing, but also damaging because one of them is there only
to document the format used by
a single implementation (MS Office) and is thus dictated by that
implementation, not by community concensus.
To get approval, it needs to get a Yes
vote from at least 20 countries among the 30 countries in the ISO JTC-1
US national body, ANSI, hasn't been able to determine its vote, despite
the Yes votes from a large number of Microsoft partners who have
recently joined to become its voting members.
How will the national body in China vote?
To express your views to the officials, you can vote.
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