As of May the19th, members of ISO (who ratified OOXML as an ISO standard) had only 12 days left to appeal the decision. No country seemed to be willing to budge when sudden, a tiny, almost imperceptible breeze started to blow: one of Microsoft butterflies had moved a wing.
- May 19, 2008 Jason Matusow, Microsoft director of corporate standards, publishes his view about open source on his personal blog: The politics of OSS still overshadow the benefits of collaborative development
- May 19, 2008 4:36 PM PDT. Matt Asay (citing Matusow's post) in Open Road, comments briefly about his friend Jason, in a Today's must reads post.
- May 21,2008 Alastair Otter (citing MTG) from South African magazine Tectonic, publishes South African don't understand OSS - Microsoft and soon gets more than 22,000 views.
- May 21, 2008 The same day Alastair's story makes it first on Digg with nearly 1,000 votes.
- May 23, 2008 05:24 AM PDT Andy Updegrove breaks the news: South Africa has officially filed an appeal protesting the approval of OOXML by ISO..
- May 28 The Shuttleworth's foundation (go Ubuntu) launches a call in support of the South African Bureau of Standards in its challenge of the OOXML ratification process
- May 29, 2008 3:02 PM PDR Andy Updegrove breaks the news again: Brazil too has just filed an appeal to ISO approval of OOXML.
- May 30, 2008 4:00 AM PDT PC world reveals that India has ... followed suit.
- May 31, 2008 2:00 PM EDT Groklaw is reporting that Computer World Denmark has a scoop: Denmark too is filing a complaint regarding ISO's approval. (The official deadline for those appeals is end of May).
Will Jason get an offer from the FSF or from the OSI? I wonder ... will they let him blog?
3rd, 2008): Venezuela is appealing as well.
Update (July 9th, 2008): It's almost over people. At the end only South-Africa, India, Brazil and Venezuela had filed. And here is how it seems it's turning out.