Link roundup to December 22

  • Fauxliage
    I somehow missed this collaboration between Leigh Nash and the Delerium guys when it came out - just heard it on Lush on Soma FM and loved it. And I see Amazon MP3 UK has it too.
  • Microsoft spits out ODF plans for Office 2007 SP2
    Good to see them supporting v1.1 - let's hope they quickly catch up to ODF 1.2 which pretty much everyone else is using.
  • Open source is not a panacea
    This fits in with a maturity model approach to open source as I have blogged. But it also speaks to the strength of the open source brand, when people try to just stick it on the outside rather than cooking it in to the inside. Use like that is not part of a maturity model in my view.
  • Increasing Ecosystem Co-operation
    Great post by Dave Neary points out that moving to collaborative maturity involves behaving as an open source community, not as competing corporations with a remote United Nations to visit.
  • JavaFX - the road ahead
    "Q: Any plans for open source? A: There are some dependencies on licensed code that cannot be open sourced. We are working towards decoupling the dependencies so that the non-proprietary portions can be open sourced." Great pity a new-build system was dependent on proprietary code; good news that it's being un-broken.
Comments:

Claiming to support a standard that doesn't yet exist (ODF 1.2) is a dangerous game, not least because it potentially ham-strings the OASIS TC in terms of making changes to the spec. which conflict with the existing "standard" in the marketplace.

Posted by AlexH on December 22, 2008 at 04:09 PM PST #

@AlexH: And I'm expecting a load more of those sorts of justifications. Nevertheless, ODF 1.2 is (as far as I am aware) far enough down the track at the OASIS TC that those considerations are in my view less relevant than the issue of OOXML already being implemented in MS Office before ISO ratified it. And the "implement early version and freeze forever" strategy is well-tried for disrupting an unwanted standard, so I'm sure I'm not the only one vigilant.

Posted by Simon Phipps on December 22, 2008 at 05:04 PM PST #

Sure, it's fairly far down the road, but it's not even yet feature complete - stuff is still being added to it, and it's not realistically going to be ratified by OASIS.

I'll give you an example: list level attributes on text paragraphs. If that feature makes it into ODF 1.2, people will be able to number stuff in ways which won't work in supposedly ODF 1.2 compliant apps.

Buggering up document interop seems to me to be a pretty easy way to disrupt a standard too.

Posted by AlexH on December 22, 2008 at 09:43 PM PST #

"it's not realistically going to be ratified by OASIS" .. for a good few months yet, I meant to add.

Of course ODF 1.2 will be agreed at some point :D

Posted by AlexH on December 22, 2008 at 09:44 PM PST #

Re: Microsoft spits out ODF plans for Office 2007 SP2

It's intended to block govts. from getting OOo.

Re: JavaFX - the road ahead

What about GNU/Linux?

Posted by Roy Schestowitz on December 23, 2008 at 05:11 PM PST #

Roy: If you read the linked article on JavaFX it covers your question and links to details at http://blogs.sun.com/javafx/entry/a_word_on_linux_and

Posted by Simon Phipps on December 23, 2008 at 08:59 PM PST #

Thank you.

Posted by Roy Schestowitz on December 23, 2008 at 10:36 PM PST #

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