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IBM has announced a new initiative to help start-up companies in emerging markets -- China, India, Russia, Brazil -- more quickly and easily develop solutions based on open standards technology. For the first time, developers will get instant access to IBM's hardware and software portfolio, free of charge, from their desktop that will enable them to gain new skills and build open solutions in half the amount of time and at one tenth of the cost. IBM will also roll out more than 40 different virtual enablement workshops through the IBM Virtual Innovation Center that will expedite learning and help developers go to market with their applications faster and cheaper. The move is focused on helping to accelerate the development of open standards-based solutions. In 2004 alone, more that 400 developers a day joined IBM's developer networks in emerging markets. This equates ... (more)

OOXML vs ODF: A Letter to the Gnome Foundation

OpenDocument Fellowship member Russell Ossendryver has written an Open Letter to the Gnome Foundation enjoining it to halt its apparent support for Microsoft's OOXML as a standard and to put its efforts behind enhancing adoption of the genuinely open standard, the OpenDocument Format (ODF), which was approved by the world standards bodies as ISO/IEC standard 26300 on 2 May 2006. The full text of the letter, posted yesterday, was as follows: "A Letter to the Gnome Foundation It appears that the Gnome Foundation is participating in ECMA TC 451 regarding resolving comments and contrad... (more)

Win4Lin Pro Wins LinuxWorld Expo Best Integration Solution

Win4Lin, a supplier of Windows-on-Linux virtualization solutions, has announced that Win4Lin Pro, the company's flagship product, has won the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Award in the "Best Integration Solution" category. Using Win4Lin's high-performance Virtual Computing Environment (VCE), Win4Lin Pro runs Windows 2000 or Windows XP applications and operating systems with no change necessary to the host operating system (e.g., no need to patch the Linux kernel). Win4Lin Pro runs as a Linux process, sharing the Linux memory and file system without yielding control to the Windows... (more)

Open Source & Katrina: Project Launched to Set Up Free Public Firefox Web Stations

A project has been launched by Linux developer Steve Hargadon with the goal of helping create a grass-roots network of independent organizations and individuals who can create and run free public web stations for those made homeless by Hurricane Katrina. On his website, www.PublicWebStations.com, Hargadon writes: "Hurricane Katrina has left individuals and families with urgent needs, and relief agencies will work hard to prepare food, clothing, and shelter for them. However, a huge number will be unable to return to their homes for weeks or even months. Free, readily-available pub... (more)

OASIS Forms New SOA Web Services Transaction Committee

There is a new Oasis Web Services Transaction (WS-TX) technical committee meant to define a set of protocols for coordinating the outcome of distributed application actions. It will refine and finalize a set of specifications based on three initial contributions, Web Services Coordination (WS-Coordination), Atomic Transaction (WS-AtomicTransaction) and Business Activity Framework (WS-BusinessActivity). It was formed by IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, BEA, Fujitsu, Hitachi, SAP, TIBCO, webMethods, among others, and will be co-chaired by IBM and Iona. In a committee decision likely to... (more)