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Submission + - Norway mandates government use of ODF and PDF

siDDis writes: Earlier this year Slashdot mentioned that Norway moves towards mandatory use of ODF and PDF. Now it's confirmed that the Norwegian government has mandated the use of open document formats from January 1st, 2009.

There are three formats that have been mandated for all documentation between authorities, users and partners. HTML for all public information on the Web, PDF for all documents where layout needs to be preserved and ODF for all documents that the recipient is supposed to be able to edit. Documents may also be published in other formats, but they must always be available in either ODF or PDF.

Submission + - Norwegian government requires ODF (

ringe writes: "Today, the Norwegian govermnent made public their decision to require the use of open standards in all governmental institutions. From the press release: "The government has decided all information on public websites must be released in the open document formats HTML, PDF or ODF. The time where public documents from officials where released in the Microsft Word format only will end with this [decision]." The news is covered in local publications. All links are Norwegian. The press release goes on to say:
  • HTML will be the primary format for the release of public information on the Internet.
  • PDF (1.4 or newer or PDF/A — ISO 19005-1) is obligatory in cases where one wants to preserve the original presentation of a document.
  • ODF (ISO/IEC 26300) will be used to release documents which should be modifiable after download, for instance schemas to fill in by the user.
The decision will be effective by the 1st of January 2009."

Operating Systems

Submission + - SAP chooses SUSE as its preferred Linux platform (

mjasay writes: "Novell appears to be on a strong rebound with its Linux revenue up 69% and now SAP announcing that its preferred Linux platform is SUSE Linux. Under the program the two companies will "optimiz[e] the price/performance of mission-critical workloads and includes volume discounts for application configurations." Small wonder that Novell's CEO said its patent pact with Microsoft has had a "halo effect" on its business, generally. As for SUSE's top competitor and the market leader, Red Hat, opinion is split on whether its business is rising or falling due to its acquisition of JBoss. Either way, we appear to have a truly competitive Linux market again for the first time in years, with Ubuntu also making inroads into the enterprise through deals with Dell and others. SAP may prefer SUSE, but the larger trend is more and better enterprise-class support for Linux."

Submission + - How Much Unix Does Microsoft Own? 1

An anonymous reader writes: In the wake of recent threats from Microsoft that Linux violates its patents, InfoWeek blogger John Foley attempted to find out just exactly how much Unix and open-source code Microsoft actually owns. Microsoft has a historical connection, via Xenix, its 25-year-old Unix clone, and Windows Services for Unix, which includes a Unix subsystem. But the trail quickly gets murky, because ownership of Xenix was transferred to the original SCO in 1987. It's also unclear whether Microsoft's 2004 deal with Sun resulted in any firm patent cross-licenses. Microsoft stonewalled Foley's requests for information, though one PR rep claimed that: "Microsoft has 65 patents in Linux GUIs, 15 patents in e-mail, 42 patents in Linux Kernel, 45 patents in Open Office, and 68 other patents that read on open source." Asks Foley: "Is Microsoft-patented code in Unix?, What Unix technologies does Microsoft continue to develop?, Where is Unix code used in Microsoft's own product line?" If it's threatening litigation, shouldn't Microsoft put up or shut up?
Operating Systems

Submission + - openSUSE 10.3 released (

Benjamin Weber writes: The openSUSE team have just officially announced the availability of openSUSE 10.3 "Gold Master" (GM). The new version boasts a range of advances, including: beautiful green artwork, parts of KDE 4, SUSE-polished GNOME 2.20, a 1-click-install technology, a new package management stack, MP3 support out-of-the-box, a GTK version of YaST and a greatly improved boot time. While they now offer 1-CD Installation media — with a KDE CD, or the GNOME CD — the DVD with both desktop environments and extra software is still available.
Download from mirrors or torrent now.
Get in touch with other openSUSE users and developers for help or to celebrate the release.

Operating Systems

Submission + - openSUSE 10.3 is out!

traveller604 writes: openSUSE 10.3 is now available for download. I'm my opinion Novell's openSUSE is the leading KDE-centric distro and 10.3 does not leave KDE fans cold for it comes with optional KDE 4 beta. Enjoy!

Submission + - openSUSE 10.3 Released

LinuxDude writes: Novell today announced the availability of openSUSE 10.3, the newest version of the award-winning community Linux distribution. Available for free download or in a convenient packaged retail edition, openSUSE 10.3 provides everything a user needs to get started with Linux. To improve the user experience, openSUSE 10.3 includes a flexible Linux-Windows dual-boot configuration, improved user interface, Microsoft Office file compatibility with the latest office productivity suite, and enhanced multimedia support.

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