nb writes: "Concerned about the implications of
intolerable and closed processes of Ecma and ISO/IEC and the obvious corruption
of several national decision-making committees, one member of a national
standardization body has decided to step out of the confines of the ISO/IEC
process and launch OpenISO.org with a
Call For Participation
for creating a "problem report" document about OOXML that can help ISO/IEC
national member bodies with evaluating whether the changes that will be
decided at the OOXML "Ballot Resolution Meeting" (BRM) in February are
sufficient to address OOXML's most serious problems. After the BRM,
national ISO/IEC member bodies have the opportunity of changing their vote."
rcasha2 writes: Microsoft has lost its appeal against the EU fine of almost 500m / $700m. Microsoft could still appeal again at the European Court of Justice. More important than the fine, however, is the confirmation of the ruling that Microsoft must share with competitors information needed for interoperability. This ruling could have an effect on such products as Samba, email clients etc.