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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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.

More FUD. The format is not dependent on any of those technologies. The use of these technologies is determined by the user, and they don't prevent rendering of the format while ignoring what is unsupported.

With Sun, you have a promise not to sue.
With Microsoft, you have a dead certainty they will sue.

Except for the existance of two documents (see previous postings about CNS and OSP) stating they will not sue you for implementing the format (in part or in full). Please stick to the facts.

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