Linux Advocates Calling for Action on OpenDocument Format

by Tom Adelstein

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is one of my favorite writers. Whenever I see his stories, I give them a read and put them up on the Newswire at, the same way I do with authors on the O'Reilly site.

Stephen wrote in todays article, "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Microsoft and Open Standards":

Kids know that when one kid lies all the time, the next thing out of his mouth is likely to be another lie.

So what's the IT buying public's excuse for thinking Microsoft's new embrace of openness is anything other than a lie?

It's one thing for Microsoft to declare that it will open up its Office XML file formats and have them be recognized as a formal standard by Ecma. It's another thing entirely for this so-called standard to be a real open standard.

I posted the link at with hopes others will enjoy the metaphor and understand the issues.

We also have an article up at called Does Microsoft's Monopoly Power Extend to Government and Media? and we're asking for some activism on the OpenDocument Format issue in Massachusetts. We would like to bring this to major media's attention.

If you want to get this story into the mainstream media's hands, please drop by and add a comment or take us up on our offer to hit some of the media pundits with an email.

Perhaps this is the time when all good men should come to the aid of their country. (Women too!)