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[2]: Say what you want
by DrillSgt on Mon 4th Dec 2006 23:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Say what you want"
DrillSgt
Member since:
2005-12-02

"...but only if you're a Novell customer."

Actually I disagree here. I am waiting to see how it all pans out. There is nothing that stops this from being used in the regular OOo at all. OpenXML is just that, open, with the standard fully published. Now I do know Microsoft's track record, but times and things do change. The only thing I see stopping this is the OSS crowd saying since it is from Microsoft, they won't allow it to be done, but I doubt that would happen.

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RE[3]: Say what you want
by archiesteel on Tue 5th Dec 2006 00:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Say what you want"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

My response was only due to the wording of the article blurb, i.e. "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."

The sentence is ambiguous...does it mean it will only be available for registered Novell users? As others have pointed out, OpenOffice is GPLed, so they wouldn't be able to stop it from being redistributed.

I also note (which I hadn't before) that it says "for Windows"...which means that right now it's not available for Linux.

I'm adopting the same attitude as you for now: sit back and watch...though I have to say I will be watching *very* closely. :-)

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RE[4]: Say what you want
by GhePeU on Tue 5th Dec 2006 00:49 in reply to "RE[3]: Say what you want"
GhePeU Member since:
2005-07-06

The article says that "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," so there's no reason to worry.

Ximian (and now Novell) provides a patched OpenOffice since at least 2003 (it's the year I first compiled openoffice-ximian), and most distros use this version, which includes, for example, the GTK+/KDE file-choosers, Crystal/Industrial icons, fontconfig support, etc. etc. IIRC, some of these improvements and many others now are part of the OpenOffice.org vanilla sources as well, but I don't know exactly which ones.

ooo-build is now used by pretty much every distribution (see http://cvs.gnome.org/viewcvs/ooo-build/distro-configs/), and when Novell developers will put the new code in that repository, the other distros will pick the OpenXML support as well.

Edited 2006-12-05 00:51

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