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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give it a rest
by AdamW on Tue 5th Dec 2006 05:23 UTC
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As someone working for one of Novell's direct competitors (Mandriva)...

give it a rest, guys.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with this.

They're implementing OpenXML support as an open source licensed plugin and submitting it for inclusion in upstream OO.o. It doesn't replace ODF support.

This is a useful feature that would have been done by someone else if Novell hadn't done it first. It's entirely clean from a licensing and code standpoint. It's good work by Novell that they're contributing back to the whole community and there's no legitimate reason for anyone to attack it, no matter what you think of their other recent moves.

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