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OpenDocument Format now published as ISO Standard

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome with me ISO/IEC 26300:2006, the freshly published OSI standard, better known as OpenDocument Format (ODF).

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OpenDocument Format (ODF) Approved by ISO/IEC Members

Yay! The OpenDocument format (ODF) has now been approved by ISO/IEC members.

For the uninitiated, ODF is

an open XML-based document file format for saving and exchanging editable office documents (including memos, reports, and books), spreadsheets, charts, and presentations. OpenDocument was developed as an application-independent file format by OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards), a vendor-neutral standards organization.

ODF is currently employed by OpenOffice 2.0, KOffice, Abiword, and tons of other applications. Lots of other office suites and programs will likely follow. The recently formed ODF Alliance now has more than 150 member organizations.

On a related note: the proposed IEEE 802.11n working draft was not yet approved by the IEEE 802.11 Working Group...

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/media vs. /mnt

Martin, you should enable comments in your blog instead of forcing me to resort to email or spamming Planet Debian :)

Seriously though, while I know that the FHS recommends /media as a mount point for removable media (and it sure makes sense for Debian as a whole to use that), one of the first things I do on my own boxes upon a fresh install is "rmdir /media /cdrom /floppy /initrd". I don't want to have yet another directory cluttering my root, and I find /mnt is perfectly fine for any mount points, especially since I don't really care whether I mount removable media or not. For example, I have /mnt/cdrom, /mnt/usbstick, /mnt/win, /mnt/hda1, /mnt/hda2, ..., /mnt/ipod etc. etc.

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