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]: ah...
by archiesteel on Tue 5th Dec 2006 05:52 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: ah..."
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Given that Microsoft has a history of not asserting claims against competitors in the majority of cases for both open and proprietary technologies, I'm unaware of the history upon which you're basing your distrust.

Come on, you're kidding, right? This is *Microsoft* we're talking about here. Ballmer made veiled threats about charging Linux users for alleged IP violations only two weeks ago.

I remember now that you're a vocal pro-Microsoft supporter, are you not? If you don't mind, I'll wait until I get the opinion of someone a little more unbiased before feeling safe.

In particular, what happens to MS if it reneges on its "Covenant Not to Sue" and decides to sue (let's say, under new management...). Does the covenant hurt their case in court?

I also want to read an independent, unbiased analysis of the actual terms one must agree to before feeling anywhere remotely like "safe"...

After all, the fact that they have a "history of not asserting claims" in the "majority of cases" is hardly proof of anything. Their corporate history as a whole is enough to warrant a healthy dose of skepticism into anyone who doesn't have actual personal interests in MS.

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