So this is what hit Microsoft…

The past two months have been interesting in the Chinese sense. A primary culprit of that was Microsoft’s failed attempt to push their proprietary MS-OOXML format through ISO. But there were also talks and meetings with ministers (see [1][2]) to promote Free Software in Chile, the SELF board meeting in Argentina, review meeting in Brussels, and launch of the SELF beta platform. And of course there was finally the decision of the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg on the Microsoft antitrust case.

On all of these issues there would be quite a bit to report, and I am planning to tell at least some of these stories, but right now I am trying to get some of the most important email out of the door before the WIPO general assembly next week in Geneva.

Meanwhile, David “Novalis” Turner noticed that there was no picture of a female Freedom Fighter on FSFE’s t-shirt ordering page. So he took one of his fiance Danielle. Admittedly my mind was quite occupied with the antitrust case, so it comes as no surprise that my first thought was

“So this is what hit Microsoft”
[ Picture by Dave 'Novalis' Turner, featuring his fiance Danielle as Freedom Fighter ]

Copyright David ‘Novalis’ Turner
Licensed under the GNU FDL

You can read more about that case in the joint FSFE/Samba statement and the Groklaw report. Groklaw also put an interview with most of the joint team up today where you can get a little bit of an idea about the work we’ve been doing over the past years.

And finally I’d be more than pleased if you wanted to join our cause and support this work. Signing up for the Fellowship would be a good way to do that. Convincing your company to become a patron of FSFE would be another.

Reminder: 10 days left!

And don’t forget to submit your Free Software projects for the Trophees du Libre, only ten more days to go!

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About greve

Georg Greve is CEO and President of the Board at Kolab Systems AG, a Swiss Open Source ISV for collaboration and communication, also available as Swiss hosted service Kolab Now. During his 20+ year career in Free and Open Source Software he has been author of the Brave GNU World, one of the most widely spread columns on the subject, founding president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and provided input to various governmental and inter-governmental organisations. In 2009 Georg was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contributions to Open Source and Open Standards.
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