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"Even the smallest initiatives are being mitigated or stopped by some of the most unlikely and often uninformed parties...I view these circumstances as quite troubling because the good work laid out by the IT Commission is slowly being strangled and brought to a halt. And the last thing I can let happen is my presence be the major contributing factor marginalizing the good work of ITD and the entire IT community." wrote Peter Quinn (pictured) in an e-mail to his staff explaining why he has resigned from his post as CIO of the State of Massachusetts, effective January 9, 2006. No announcement has been made as to a replacement. However, Quinn did stress to employees of the state's Information Technology Division (ITD) that his leaving did not mean that Massachusetts' progress towards ODF was ending. The move to standardize on the OpenDocument format for all electronic d... (more)

OASIS ODF Adoption Committee Formed

Members of the OASIS standards consortium have launched a campaign to educate the marketplace on the value of the OpenDocument Format standard. The newly formed OASIS ODF Adoption Committee, which includes IBM, Novell, Oracle and Sun Microsystems, believes that raising awareness of the open file format will increase the demand for and availability of ODF-conforming products. "The life of a document may far exceed that of a particular software product or vendor," said IBM's Don Harbison, convener and proposed chairman of the ODF Adoption Committee. "Users have a right to retain cont... (more)

Wind River Launches Trade-In Program For Companies Shipping Devices Running MontaVista Linux

Wind River Systems announced a new trade-in program for device manufacturers currently shipping devices running MontaVista Linux products. The Wind River MontaVista Trade-In Program offers a safe migration strategy for companies that commit to developing their next project on a Wind River device software platform. By opting into the new program, MontaVista Software customers have a safe migration path to the device software industry’s leading commercial grade Linux platforms including access to Wind River’s world-class support and professional services. Wind River's t... (more)

Open-Xchange Announces New Open Source Project for GNOME

Open-Xchange Inc. has announced an open source project to link its Open-Xchange Server with GNOME Evolution, the popular Linux groupware client. Open-Xchange Inc. is the leading vendor of open source collaboration software. Its flagship product, Open-Xchange Server (OX), provides the features and functionality of asynchronous collaboration software: e-mail, calendar, contacts, projects, tasks, and document sharing and interoperates with popular `rich' clients such as Microsoft Outlook and KDE Kontact and most web browsers. With the launch of its new open source project, code named ... (more)

"Real-World AJAX" One-Day Seminar Arrives in Silicon Valley

The first "Real-World AJAX" event, held in New York City, featured 15 speakers in 11 sessions, including many of the the world's most renowned AJAX experts, and more than 400 delegates attended while more than 15,000 SYS-CON.TV viewers tuned into the simulcast on March 13, 2006. Backbase news blog called it "a great day, and certainly the first major Ajax Event in the World!" Today, just ten weeks on, SYS-CON Events' timely "Real-World AJAX" comes to Silicon Valley, to San Jose at its very heart, and the Faculty lineup is if anything even more stellar than it was in NYC, includin... (more)