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The first "Real-World AJAX" event, held in New York City, featured 15 speakers in 11 sessions, including many of the the world's most renowned AJAX experts, and more than 400 delegates attended while more than 15,000 SYS-CON.TV viewers tuned into the simulcast on March 13, 2006. Backbase news blog called it "a great day, and certainly the first major Ajax Event in the World!" Today, just ten weeks on, SYS-CON Events' timely "Real-World AJAX" comes to Silicon Valley, to San Jose at its very heart, and the Faculty lineup is if anything even more stellar than it was in NYC, including Google's Adam Bosworth and Paul Rademacher, Yahoo!'s Eric Miraglia, Laszlo's David Temkin and the father of the term "AJAX" himself, Jesse James Garrett. “By now there isn't a software developer on earth who isn't aware of the collection of programming technologies known as AJAX,&rdquo... (more)

OpenOffice 2.0: Exclusive Interview – OpenOffice Leaders McCreesh and Suarez-Potts

Enterprise Open Source Magazine was able to catch up in cyberspace with OpenOffice.org Marketing Project leader John McCreesh and community manager Louis Suarez-Potts, who graciously answered our questions about OpenOffice 2.0. Here is what they had to say: Enterprise Open Source Magazine: Version 2.0 has been in development for two years, I believe. How many people and companies took part in the revision, and what are the major improvements? John McCreesh: The OpenOffice.org community numbers thousands of members, who have contributed in a variety of ways to the new version - repo... (more)

Google Apparently Suffers Kai-Fu Loss

Google was hoping to knock the stilts out from under Microsoft and get Microsoft's case against it and its hireling, ex-Microsoft VP Kai-Fu Lee, moved to California, where it fully expected the California court to throw out Lee's signed non-compete because California doesn't recognize non-competes. Except, before he heard any arguments last Friday, California federal judge Ronald Whyte tentatively sent the case back to the state of Washington, where Microsoft lodged it and where it's gotten a temporary restraining order restricting Lee's activities on behalf of Google until the t... (more)

Open Source Gets All Googly; Google Invests $350K in University OSS Program

'Google's support will strengthen the leadership role of our universities in fostering the next generation of open source technologies, projects and experts in Oregon,' said Oregon state governor, Ted Kulongoski, as Google announced its injection of $350,000 to create a joint program by Oregon State University and Portland State University to develop more open source computer technology. The program is due to start up in early 2006, according to Google's open source program manager Chris DiBona (pictured). ... (more)

Novell Announces OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office Interoperability

Novell has announced that the Novell edition of the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite will now support the Office Open XML format, increasing interoperability between OpenOffice.org and the next generation of Microsoft Office. Novell is cooperating with Microsoft and others on a project to create bi-directional open source translators for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations between OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office, with the word processing translator to be available first, by the end of January 2007. The translators will be made available as plug-ins to Nove... (more)