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Norway Opens Free Software Center

Aug 21, 2007, 11:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Perens)

"Norway opened a national center for competence in Free Software in Drammen, near Oslo, on Wednesday. Here's the center's web page in Norwegian. I gave a keynote speech, after the Minister of Government Reform and a local politician. Here's some local commentary. I got to discuss OpenDocument vs. MS Office Open XML with the minister, she was up-to-speed on the issue and Norway casts its ISO vote on Monday . I don't think we have any worries there. I also got to talk with the ICT director from the ministry and other officials, and had a number of meetings with officials in Oslo on the previous day. Most distressing is that the Norwegian universities are attempting to set up a US-like process to copyright and patent public-funded research, including software, for sale to monopolies. I'll keep working on that..."

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