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mw13068 (834804) writes "A bill which requires the Director of the New York State Office for Technology to study and recommend a document format for preservation of electronic documents has been signed into law as of August 1, 2007, and is effective immediately. The bill, which amends State Technology law section 305 requires the Director of the New York State Office for Technology to:
... study how electronic documents and the mechanisms and processes for obtaining access to and reading electronic data can be created, maintained, exchanged, and preserved by the state in a manner that encourages appropriate government control, access, choice, interoperability, and vendor neutrality.
The Director of the OFT is Melodie Mayberry-Stewart PhD. So, if you have an interest in the adoption of a real open document format (OASIS ODF, rather than Microsoft's OOXML) then Ms. Mayberry-Stewart is the person to send your comments to.
Here's the text of State Technology Law section 305. Paragraph 4 is the
305. Use of electronic records.
1. In accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the
electronic facilitator, government entities are authorized and empowered
to produce, receive, accept, acquire, record, file, transmit, forward,
and store information by use of electronic means. If any such government
entity uses electronic records, it must also ensure that anyone who uses
the services of such government entity may obtain access to records as
permitted by statute, and receive copies of such records in paper form
in accordance with fees prescribed by statute. No person shall be
required to submit or file any record electronically to any government
entity except as otherwise provided by law. Government entities that
obtain, store, or utilize electronic records shall not refuse to accept
hard copy, non-electronic forms, reports, and other paper documents for
submission or filing except as otherwise provided by law.
2. A government entity shall have the authority to dispose of or destroy
a record in accordance with the arts and cultural affairs law,
regardless of format or media.
3. An electronic record shall have the same force and effect as those
records not produced by electronic means.
4. The director shall study how electronic documents and the
mechanisms and processes for obtaining access to and reading electronic
data can be created, maintained, exchanged, and preserved by the state
in a manner that encourages appropriate government control, access,
choice, interoperability, and vendor neutrality. The study shall
consider, but not be limited to, the policies of other states and
nations, management guidelines for state archives as they pertain to
electronic documents, public access, expected storage life of
electronic documents, costs of implementation, and savings. The director
shall solicit comments regarding the creation, maintenance, exchange,
and preservation of electronic documents by the state from
stakeholders, including but not limited to, the office of the state
comptroller, the office of the attorney general, the state archives, and
the state historian. The director shall also solicit comments from
members of the public. The director shall report findings and
recommendations to the governor, the speaker of the assembly, and
the temporary president of the senate on or before January fifteenth,
two thousand eight. This act shall take effect immediately.
The current acting "Director of the state Office For Technology" is Melodie Mayberry-Stewart. So when the bill passes, that's who New Yorkers should our future correspondence in support of the OASIS Open Document Format to. http://www.cio.state.ny.us/" top
The new draft incorporates the feedback received from the general public and official discussion committees since the release of the previous draft on March 28, 2007. FSF executive director Peter Brown said, "We've made a few very important improvements based on the comments we've heard, most notably with license compatibility. Now that the license is almost finished, we can look forward to distributing the GNU system under GPLv3, and making its additional protections available to the whole community."
The FSF has also published an essay by Richard Stallman on the benefits of upgrading to GPLv3. "Keeping a program under GPLv2 won't create problems," he writes. "The reason to migrate is because of the existing problems which GPLv3 will fix, such as tivoization, DRM, and threats from software patents. . . . Further advantages of GPLv3 include better internationalization, gentler termination, support for BitTorrent, and compatibility with the Apache license."" Link to Original Source top
mw13068 (834804) writes "In a recent article in the Seattle Post Intelligencer FSF General Council Eben Moglen points out: "The [Microsoft SUSE] coupons have no expiration date, and Microsoft can be sure that some coupons will be turned into Novell in return for software after the effective date of GPL 3. Once that has happened, patent defenses will, under the license, have moved out into the broad community and be available to anybody who Microsoft should ever sue for infringement."
mw13068 writes "Here's an AP story about Dell joining the MS and Novell deal. An excerpt:
On Sunday, Microsoft and Novell said Dell has agreed to buy Suse Linux Enterprise Server certificates from Microsoft and that the computer maker will set up a services and marketing program aimed at getting users of open-source platforms to switch to the new Suse Linux offering.
"Dell is the first major systems provider to align with Microsoft and Novell in this collaboration, and we intend to lead in this space," Rick Becker, a vice president in Dell's product group, said in a statement." top
mw13068 (834804) writes "As of this writing, all World of Warcraft subscribers who play the game via Linux and Cedega are offline. According to many posts on transgaming.com forums, some change occured Friday (10/27) evening which caused all Cedega users to be bounced offline. Users can now only stay connected for a few minutes before the game crashes.
Some hypothesize that Blizzard made some change to their anti-hacking server-side programs which caused the problem. Subscribers who play the game via Wine are apparently not effected by the change."