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SearchOpenSource: Updegrove: Mass. OpenDocument Debate to Remain on 'Front Burner' in 2006

Dec 13, 2005, 19:45 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The OpenDocument debate is an important event for government IT, open standards, for freedom in software. Is there a danger that this has become too political?

"Andrew Updegrove: I think, as far as Massachusetts is concerned, the ODF decision has become a pawn in a political power play, and now the debate is in a dominion of politics that IT, decidedly, has rarely experienced in the past.

"So, yes, [the ODF debate] really has become hijacked by political forces in the Commonwealth and obviously the debate has been encouraged by independent opponents to ODF as well. To put it another way, if you wanted to shoot down ODF you couldn't have been luckier with fault lines in Massachusetts to work with..."

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