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Liberty in philosophy, involves free will as contrasted with determinism. In politics, liberty consists of the social and political freedoms guaranteed to all citizens. read more at WikiPedia

  • Some people are trying to redefine freedom, and limit our liberty; but  they loose miserably...

    A US federal judge has ruled against antitrust claims that the General Public Licence promotes unfair competition, and in doing so has promoted its cause.

    On Monday, US Federal Judge John Daniel Tinder, dismissed the Sherman Act antitrust claims brought against the Free Software Foundation.

    The claims made by Plaintiff Daniel Wallace included: that the General Public License (GPL) constituted a contract, combination or conspiracy; that it created an unreasonable restraint of trade; and that the FSF conspired with IBM, Red Hat, Novell and other individuals to pool and cross-license their copyrighted intellectual property in a predatory price fixing scheme.

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  • bill_monoploy

    Microsoft Open XML has been approved by ISO, corruption and
    money talk in action! Irregularities during the vote are popping up

    "Microsoft's embattled Office Open XML document format received
    ISO fast-track approval after receiving support from approximately
    86 percent of the national bodies that participated in the vote. ISO approval will be broadly perceived as a sign of validation for the document format which has received widespread criticism from
    technical experts and standards advocacy groups.
    " read more HERE

    From the Washington Post
    "Even if the votes were legitimately won , which I doubt , OOXML is not an open standard because it isn't
    fully implemented on competing platforms, and its future shape is subject purely to Microsoft's control,"
    [...]
    "Confusingly, the Office Open XML format being assessed by the ISO "is not what Microsoft implements in
    the Office suite," Vinje said, adding that "If you implement OOXML, you don't get interoperability with Office."

    Groklaw (an award-winning website that covers legal news of interest to the free and open-source software
    community)&160; is maintaining a page resuming the whole battle ODF/ISO/Open XML

    So basically we are now stuck worldwide with a standard running only on windows and that has a custom XML
    which is everything else than a real XML that you will be able to edit WITHOUT Office! if you want to test it
    and see it on your own, go to&160; OOXML is defective by design

    The only way to resist is to refuse creating Open XML pptx, docx file and use this
    translator Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Officefor creating REAL open format document.

    odf.plugin.office

    The process of standardization of Open XML is available also in WikiPedia