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: Ethics
by GhePeU on Mon 4th Dec 2006 23:36 UTC 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?

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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?

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RE[3]: Ethics
by hal2k1 on Tue 5th Dec 2006 01:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Ethics"
hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

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

The Open XML format in and of itself is open enough. It is the dependencies within the format that are not open.

You will find that after you have created no more than a dozen or so reasonable-size documents in Open XML format on a Windows platform, you will have at least a couple of documents that will not open (fully and properly) on any platform other than Windows.

My very strong recommendation would be to not use Open XML format in the first place.

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