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 2.02 is now available for Windows for free download by registered Novell users.
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RE[4]: Say what you want
by GhePeU on Tue 5th Dec 2006 00:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Say what you want"
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The article says that "Novell will release the code to integrate the Open XML format into its product as open source, and will submit it for inclusion in the project," so there's no reason to worry.

Ximian (and now Novell) provides a patched OpenOffice since at least 2003 (it's the year I first compiled openoffice-ximian), and most distros use this version, which includes, for example, the GTK+/KDE file-choosers, Crystal/Industrial icons, fontconfig support, etc. etc. IIRC, some of these improvements and many others now are part of the vanilla sources as well, but I don't know exactly which ones.

ooo-build is now used by pretty much every distribution (see, and when Novell developers will put the new code in that repository, the other distros will pick the OpenXML support as well.

Edited 2006-12-05 00:51

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