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[5]: Say what you want
by hal2k1 on Tue 5th Dec 2006 00:54 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: 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.//

Yes there is reason to worry, but it is not this aspect of the announcement that is the worry.

The worriesome bit is that OpenXML format contains dependencies on Windows platforms, and so Novell's implementation of it on Linux will necessarily be incomplete.

Documents created in OpenXML format on Windows platforms will still not be fully cross-platform portable, and end users will still be locked in to Windows platforms if they save their data in Open XML format.

That is entirely the worst outcome possible.

A far better outcome for end users would be for Windows & MS Office to support ODF fully.

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