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.
Thread beginning with comment 188042
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Ethics
by ebasconp on Mon 4th Dec 2006 23:29 UTC
ebasconp
Member since:
2006-05-09

I think adding support for the MS XML format is quite legal for the Novell people now, but... how about the ethics?

Do you think is good take a full application done by a lot of people in the community, adding some proprietary features and distribute it with no return to the community?

Reply Score: 1

RE: Ethics
by GhePeU on Mon 4th Dec 2006 23:36 in reply to "Ethics"
GhePeU Member since:
2005-07-06

Which part of "Novell will release the code to integrate the Open XML format into its product as open source, and will submit it for inclusion in the OpenOffice.org project" didn't you understand?

Reply Parent Score: 5

RE[2]: Ethics
by ebasconp on Tue 5th Dec 2006 00:55 in reply to "RE: Ethics"
ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

The "Microsoft Office open XML format" is totally open and free (as in freedom)?

Giving that code to the community is not going to violate any Microsoft patents?

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE: Ethics
by kaiwai on Tue 5th Dec 2006 11:24 in reply to "Ethics"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

"legal for novell people" - I think Microsoft is more concerned about harvesting cash from paying customers than from community groups like Fedora or OpenSUSE which are user driven development community distribution.

Now if Red Hat wished to ship that plugin with their commercial enterprise desktop, that might require them to pay a licence to Microsoft, just as it would if they were to include mp3 support - going by their past actions in regards to StarOffice OEM licencing, mp3 support and Java distribution, I doubt anyone will see OpenXML support in a Red Hat enterprise distribution.

This is where I think Novell is really going to be a winner; Red Hat taking its puritannical views are going to lock themselves out of corporate desktops, and as they lock themselves out, business customers will instead decide to go Novell for the desktop, look at their enterprise server, and decide to standardise their whole infrastructure on Novell Server and Desktop, and use that homogeneous conversion to get a good deal from Novell.

Reply Parent Score: 2