One of the difficulties that we have in the Open source camp
is that we have a tendency to see everything as an attack.
Personally I think that Mary has made a very bold move, right
under the nose of Microsoft. She has committed to only using
their technology if it supported open standards.
This puts the pressure on Microsoft to publish and document
the standards for their systems in order to make it usable
by the Irish Government. This is in line with what other
governments across Europe are doing - but in this case
Mary seems to be working with Microsoft to help resolve the
issue. Something that Microsoft clearly asked for when
dealing with the EU commission.
To be able to sneak in past the MS defences, and tear it
apart from the inside is something truely amazing.
We just now need to help her and her team follow up and
get these open standards from Microsoft documented.
Should we start with Mary getting the SMB standard from
MS, or should we get her to grab us a copy of the
file formats for the propietary closed microsoft applications ?
Well done Mary !
Chris Higgins Cisco Learning Partner
Darach Technology Ltd tel: +353-1-6204370
email: chris.higgins at darach.ie fax: +353-1-6204371
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