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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Problem with support OpenXML
by cycloneous on Tue 5th Dec 2006 10:58 UTC
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While it is fine and dandy that Novell's OOo supports Microsoft's OpenXML format the problem here is that now they can say, "you see, open source does use our patents! We should start charging you guys now!" So, Microsoft's OpenXML format isn't as open as you would expect it to be.

The Novell-Microsoft pact are one of pacts that can be compared to a non-agression pact Nazi Germany signed with Stalin's U.S.S.R., it is just buying time for Microsoft to go on some PR or legal offensive. It is obvious, Novell hasn't learned its' lesson from the past, anyone remember WordPerfect? While the deal looks nice on paper, in actuality, the devil is in the details and the devil does not do anything for nothing. Who is Novell kidding?!

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