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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I don't like OpenXML, but...
by Ford Prefect on Tue 5th Dec 2006 01:04 UTC
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I can't understand anyone bashing Novell for this step.

It is very important for OpenOffice to be able to work with the "industry standard" document format, which is sadly enough dictated from Microsoft.

People should choose OpenOffice because it is "better", it is free as in beer, it is free as in speech,... if they don't, even while OOo can process "document files" the same way MS Office can, well, then obviously they seem not to have a need for this great, free piece of software.

If people have to switch from MS Office to OOo because of document format pressure (ODF), this would be a _bad_ thing. Seriously, this would be the same "lock in" Microsoft does for years.

So, if you are for choice, and for free users, support that free software can talk to proprietary the same as to other free one.

And as others already pointed out, Novell releases their changes as free software, usable to every one, wether Novell customer or not. If Microsoft would manage to raise patent claims against users of this piece of software, this is a problem in itself; and perhaps has to do with the MS/Novell deal. Apart from that, wether Novell would incorporate OpenXML support or SUN or anyone else, it doesn't matter, _and_ it is a positive thing, as nearly every publication of free software.

Edited 2006-12-05 01:05

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