Is this month's spat between Microsoft and Massachusetts of limited import? Richard Macmanus writes that the age of desktop office apps may be drawing to a close.
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Almost everyone has heard of them and many have tried Google Earth and Google Maps at home. But have you considered putting Google Maps and Google Earth to work for you?
Mark Evans has posted a shot of the free WiFi sign at New York's Bryant Park. Seems it's "sponsored by Google." Jaws are wagging about what Google is up to and when they'll come clean.
RedHat is working with IBM and Trusted Computing to deliver a version of RedHat Linux that will meet the needs of sensitive government agencies.
In a little-noticed document, the FCC has declared that the government has a right to ban applications that don't support a backdoor for law enfordement, Declan McCullaugh reveals.
Brazil is considering making open source mandatory in government, and South Africa is considering the value of moving its 300,000 computers to open source, notes Dana Blankenhorn
William Bright formats public transit maps for iPod. Some would consider that a great idea. Some transit officials think its just a copyright violation.
The Massachusetts v. Microsoft battle is over. Microsoft is "out." David Berlind takes a look at the missteps and the import of the power struggle.
Government IT pros may find something in Phil Wainewright's latest post in the Software as Services blog. The entry, "Software that actually works," points out a fundamental weakness at the heart of the "software as a product" paradigm - customers pay big bucks for software that doesn't work.
I have been using the new OpenOffice beta 2.0 for about a week now. I haven't had one serious difficulty. So I am a little alarmed when I see articles or remarks espousing how costly and difficult it would be to switch to an open source office suite.