Tuesday, November 30, 2004
De Radikale kommer nu igen med kravet om benyttelse af ?bne standarder i det offentlige. Personligt synes jeg det er et rigtigt godt initiativ for det er den eneste m?de at skabe reel konkurrence p? markedet og give folk frihed til v?lge hvilken software de vil benytte. Check eventuelt ogs? http://www.aaben-standard.dk/ hvor du kan finde definitionen af hvad en ?ben standard rent faktisk er.
Friday, November 26, 2004
According to this article (in Danish), the authorities in Finland, Sweeden and Denmark now recommends using a different browser than Internet Explorer.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Poland Does Not Support Current Proposal for EU Software Patent Directive! Quote: "Official statement on government website after cabinet meeting: "Poland cannot support the text which was agreed upon by the EU Council" – Political agreement of May 18th on a proposed directive can no longer be formally adopted as the common position of the EU Council" Read the rest here. This is pretty good news since this means that "the 20 countries that supported the legislative proposal on 18 May fall short of a qualified majority by 16 votes." Here's a comment on ZDNet. At the same time, Microsoft COO Steve Ballmer warns Asia of software patent lawsuits: "Ballmer, speaking in Singapore at Microsoft's Asian Government Leaders Forum, said that Linux violated more than 228 patents. He did not provide any detail on the alleged violations, which the Linux community disputes. "Someday, for all countries that are entering the WTO (World Trade Organization), somebody will come and look for money owing to the rights for that intellectual property," he added."
Dutch EU Presidency concludes Open Source in Government conference: EC announces Open Standards Definition
Interesting new development in EU: Quote: "Nov 18: The conference "Open Standards and Libre Software in Government" held in coordination with the Dutch Presidency of the European Union in The Hague concluded successfully today. Keynote speakers on behalf of the Dutch prime minister and the office of the Irish prime minister urged governments to consider open source software in spirit of inter-agency collaboration. The European Commission launched its definition of Open Standards, and several representatives of EU ministries announced major national open source and free software efforts." The entire Press Release.
First, WIPI is the "World Intellectual Property Organization" and it's "an international treaty-making body within the United Nations that aims to stardardize intellectual property laws across nations." You can see more here. At a meeting, IP Justice and EFF's material that was critical of a proposed Broadcasting Treaty were stolen and dropped in the trash can in the men's restroom! How low can you go?