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Libre Graphics Meeting ’08, Plea for support

The organizers of the 3rd Annual Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) 2008 in Poland are making an urgent plea to raise $20,000 to pay for conference expenses and travel of open source developers so they may attend and have a productive face-to-face conference.

The funds are critical to keep the momentum of success from previous conferences and to pave the way for the future development of open source graphic applications. There are 16 short days left to raise the necessary monies to ensure the developers’ travel is paid so they may attend this important meeting.

Supporters of open source are encouraged to pledge money and show support by posting the badge below on their sites.

To make a pledge, please visit the pledge website and spread the link – http://pledgie.com/campaigns/613

The Libre Graphics Meeting 2008 pulls together the best developers of open source graphic applications such as the GIMP, Inkscape, Scribus, Blender, Krita, the Open Clipart Library and more.

All donations will be made to the conference organizers via the GNOME Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax exempt US-based non-profit, so donations will be tax deductible for US taxpayers. Please show your support today.

 

Kids – Let Them Create Art on Your Computer with Tux Paint

If you have kids and want to get them to do other things on the computer besides watching Drake and Josh or playing video games, institute an embargo and have them discover programs that are pre-installed on the computer. One often overlooked program is MS Paint, a simple graphics painting program that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows. However, we highly recommend your look at the better alternative for your kids to start their computer drawing careers; Tux Paint, an award winning open source version of Paint features more extensive tools than Microsoft’s version and it is free.

Thomas Allen, a first grader from Sarasota, FL, became obsessed with drawing and painting and created about 150 images over a 2 week period. We’ve included 4 examples of what he considers his best work, including his “Titanic” shown above. Thomas advised us that “he is self taught” He wanted us to share this with you. Following the ‘gallery,’ he’ll provide you with a screenshot of the program and more information about how to use this program!

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A Deluge of Facts KOs OOXML (Office Open XML)

Microsoft’s position is hardening as the ISO vote on OOXML (DIS 29500) in Geneva approaches at the end of this month. We know more clearly now how Microsoft and its proxy group, ECMA, will position Microsoft’s OOXML specification in advance of the vote. In short, Microsoft is betting that its influence with National Bodies will allow it to push through a specification which elevates its own interests over that of truly competitive, open international standards. In the end, it will be Microsoft’s own inflexibility that will be its undoing, and that undoing means knocking the OOXML out of approval for ISO status.

ECMA, a RIAA-like industry group dedicated to advancing its members’ interests, published its responses to comments of the ISO National Bodies in response to Microsoft’s Office Open XML application for ISO standardization. The ECMA proposals will be discussed at a Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) in Geneva after which the National Bodies may reconsider their original vote.

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OOXML Questions Microsoft Cannot Answer in Geneva

There are some important questions regarding OOXML’s upcoming ISO bid that Microsoft cannot answer or just simply won’t. From 25-29 February 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland, the ISO community will hold a Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) of the National Boards to discuss and vote finally on OOXML as an ISO standard. This article raises questions that Microsoft should answer to the satisfaction of the ISO community as part of the deliberation leading up to the BRM vote.

Today our society depends upon an enormous variety of software applications and easy access to information in order to function on a day-to-day basis. Everyone knows the pain of moving office documents around. There is a level of interoperability that is missing in today’s world, and OOXML’s adoption will just perpetuate and worsen this problem. And we all want interoperability. We also all want the ability to implement a standard. A standard that can be neither implemented nor used is useless.

Open Standards represent a democratic ideal, which means accountability. When one proposes one’s own property to become an ISO standard, we have a right to know all the answers before we vote you in.

 Highly respected Martin Bryan. As outgoing Conveyor of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34 WG1 he accused MS of stacking his group and said, “The days of open standards development are fast disappearing. Instead we are getting ‘standardization by corporation,’ something I have been fighting against for the 20 years I have served on ISO committees.”
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