Embargoed until 2000 UTC
OpenDocument Gathers Worldwide Support
10 October 2005
The Open Document Fellowship promotes the new internationally agreed
standard for digital documents, Open Document Format (OpenDocument). The
Fellowship, formed in September, has attracted support and interest from
around the globe.
The Fellowship's aims include providing factual information about the
Open Document Format, such as the degree to which companies and their
products are committed to supporting the format, and making sure that
OpenDocument can be always supported by any software application or
company. The organisation also supports the development of software
tools to complement the format.
Founding members include Gary Edwards (OASIS OpenDocument Technical
Committee), Mark Taylor (Executive Director of the Open Source
Consortium), and Richard Rothwell (Chair of SchoolForge UK).
Founding member Adam Moore, Friends of OpenDocument Inc., said:
"As a true Open Standard, OpenDocument is available for the benefit of
all. It levels the competitive playing field and provides wider
opportumities for innovation, diversity and choice. This choice and
diversity is a natural evolutionary consequence of the market maturity
of general productivity software. We believe all responsible citizens in
the digital market place will embrace ODF as the central focus for
Users whose data is stored in OpenDocument will never again face the
problem of not being able to access data because the application that
created it is no longer available to them. Open standards already enable
users of different computer systems (both hardware and software) to
access the Internet and communicate with each other. ODF enables users
of different computer systems to freely exchange and use files.
For more information, see the Fellowship's website,
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Just a quick intro:
I have been dabbling with various Linux distributions for a couple of
years now, usually focusing on purpose-built distros, but it is only
recently that I've taken the plunge and installed it as my primary OS on
my work computer (actually my own from home; work's were too slow!), my
laptop and my home desktop machine. For those that are interested my
distro of choice was SUSE 9.3 Professional.
In truth is hasn't been that much of a wrench as I have access to a
Win2003 terminal server so pretty much everything is still available
should I need it...
Back to my point:
I was wondering whether anyone uses Linux in a HE/FE environment? I am
particularly interested in whether you have encountered problems when
asked to support educational solutions be they installables or web-based
resources (such as Learndirect courses)?
Does anyone have a requirement for Microsoft-specific applications such
as Visual Studio?
How about realistic alternatives for things like Adobe Photoshop and
While I guess these would be more applicable to Colleges I would have
thought that schools and Universities may have had to deal with such
How about users on the administrative network? While OO seems like a
pretty suitable replacement for MSOffice (I'm still unsure abount an
MSAccess replacement) how do you deal with the mandatory Windows
software doled out by Government bodies such as the LEA?
Many thanks for your time,