Document Freedom In 2020
The Document Foundation, March 17th, 2020
March 17, 2020,
Volume 264, Issue 3

In the age of the cloud, most people think they don't have 'real' files any more, as these have been replaced by pointers in an online system

"They don't realise they have lost their freedom until they download the file to edit it on their laptop. At that point, they realize that without buying a proprietary office suite they are unable to access their very own contents, as these are hostage of a proprietary file format. Something that wouldn't have happened if they had chosen the standard Open Document Format (ODF), which can be fully implemented by any software vendor without special permission, and without having to reverse engineer an obfuscated pseudo-standard format owned by a single company.

Back in 2012, European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: 'Open standards create competition, lead to innovation, and save money,' while announcing the publication of a new policy to help public authorities avoid dependence on a single ICT supplier..."

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