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 OpenOffice.org 2.02 is now available for Windows for free download by registered Novell users.
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RE[6]: ah...
by tomcat on Tue 5th Dec 2006 21:01 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: ah..."
tomcat
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2006-01-06

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.

No, Ballmer didn't make threats. He merely said that Microsoft would defend its IP when necessary. Big difference.

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.

Ah, yes. The appeal to authority canard. As if none of his arguments matter because you don't consider him a sufficient authority.

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?

Microsoft's covenant is a matter of public record. If it were to renege on this covenant, any court would regard it as a breach of good faith and throw it out.

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

That sounds reasonable to me.

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.

Explicit license terms specified by a public corporation carry more weight than speculation, in my opinion.

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