Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Dec 2006 22:26 UTC
Novell and Ximian The first fruit of the recently announced Novell/Microsoft interoperability agreement arrived on Dec. 4, with Novell's announcement that its version of the OpenOffice productivity suite will now support the Microsoft Office Open XML format. The release candidate of Novell's modified version of OpenOffice.org 2.02 is now available for Windows for free download by registered Novell users.
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Tinfoil Hats
by n4cer on Mon 4th Dec 2006 23:52 UTC
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Some of you guys should remove your tinfoil hats for a moment and actually review OOXML before continuing with false assertions about it. These arguments are getting old. OOXML is not owned by Microsoft. It is owned by ECMA, will soon be submitted to ISO, anyone can implement it, and developers for all the major platforms have created/are creating tools and applications for viewing, editing, processing, and converting OOXML. Companies from several industries, including Microsoft competitors like Novell and Apple, had direct participation in driving the standard from the initial submission to the current spec, and will continue to drive future versions of the spec. There's nothing alleged about OOXML's openness.

ODF cannot become the format of choice for conversion of legacy Office documents anymore than RTF can. ODF has an extremely long way to go before it can perform lossless conversions from legacy Office documents. This was not a design goal for the format, and if it became such, ODF would quickly gain complexity comparable to OOXML. At present, you can't even be assured of lossless conversion between two ODF applications.

Accept that there are valid reasons for both formats and move on. In a fairly short amount of time, support for either format will be virtually a none-issue.

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