I men­tioned in my write-up of the Microsoft vis­it to SLUG that Microsoft are going to release the spe­cific­a­tions to their bin­ary file formats. I wasn’t aware at the time that this had already been announced: the specs will be released on Feb­ru­ary 15. Grok­law has decided to look a little closer at the pledge.

Is this a win for inform­a­tion and soft­ware free­dom world­wide, or just the next step towards a new stage of vendor lock-in? It remains to be seen, but it does show that our keep­ing Microsoft’s nose to the grind­stone is gen­er­at­ing some effect. Don’t stop now, we’ve only just begun! 🙂

A note about the video: it will be released as soon as we are able. We’re at linux​.conf​.au at the moment, so it’ll more likely be out next week. I’ve cur­rently got 20GB of glor­i­ous HD video sit­ting on my hard drive, which we need to edit and con­vert to some­thing more Inter­net-friendly. The transcod­ing alone will take a while!

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