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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//ODF is still encumbered by Sun's patents. I really wouldn't trust Sun not to sue.//

Sun have provided an inronclad, perpetual promise not to sue over ODF. All of the dependencies of ODF are similarly open and unencumbered. Anyone may implement. All the way down.

This is most definitely not the case for OpenXML, as it depends on (for example) ActiveX, wmv, wma, Visual basic, microsoft exchange protocols and many other patented and proprietary-to-Microsoft technologies.

If you don't trust Sun not to sue despite their promise, then that is you perogative. However, you can be absolutely certain that Microsoft would sue if anyone other than Microsoft tried to implement any of those proprietary-to-Microsoft technologies named above.

With Sun, you have a promise not to sue.

With Microsoft, you have a dead certainty they will sue.

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