[clug] Any Public Service organisations using Linix desktop and Open Office?

Mike Carden mike.carden at gmail.com
Wed Jul 2 11:49:39 GMT 2008

On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 4:41 PM, Chris Wallis <linux at c-tek.org> wrote:
> I can say with out a doubt there is no Linux desktops in a Federal Public
> Service environment

In which country? I admire your confident misplaced certainty.

> due to the lack of desktop distributions that has been
> certified under Common Criteria evaluation. (See
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Criteria,
> http://www.dsd.gov.au/infosec/evaluation_services/aisep_pages/aisep.html
> and http://www.commoncriteriaportal.org/).

So... people configuring computers in government all read those web
sites do they?

And then your post degenerated into incomprehensible
not-quite-English. Perhaps summarised as 'Open Formats Good -
Proprietary Formats Bad.'

Is this the five minute argument?


The only distribution that has
> Common Criteria certification that I know of for a Linux Distribution is
> both SUSE Enterprise and RHEL. The full list of certified OS's can be
> found here - http://www.commoncriteriaportal.org/products_OS.html#OS.
> As for open office I am not sure about but with MS Office's new XML format
> causing havoc where I work. I would not be suprize people still using old
> versions of MS Office with Sun's ODF plugin installed. But surely ODF is
> the way to go and not docx or what ever the MS format is?
> I say would be a advantage anyhow with government information in a open
> format. So you could utilize in house software to process information with
> assurance that the whole ODF specification is in the public domain. (Specs
> are good!)
> But a tad sad that not how public service works.
> On Wed, July 2, 2008 8:36 am, jhock wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> Does anyone know of any Public Service organisation(s) that uses Linux
>> for its desktop and Open Office?  I'm interested to see how many
>> organisations have come to their senses.
>> Thanks.
>> John
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