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]: ah...
by DrillSgt on Tue 5th Dec 2006 00:00 UTC in reply to "RE: ah..."
DrillSgt
Member since:
2005-12-02

"Of course, those who believe that OpenXML is a truly free format suitable for use without having to pay Microsoft tax are seriously misguided, but that's another issue entirely."

Well, since it is, and that is verified since the full implementation spec is available, free of charge, to anyone who wants it. It is as open as PDF is. So why would anyone pay Microsoft to implement this?

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RE[3]: ah...
by cyrilleberger on Tue 5th Dec 2006 07:38 in reply to "RE[2]: ah..."
cyrilleberger Member since:
2006-02-01

Because OpenXML is encumbered with patents.

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RE[4]: ah...
by raver31 on Tue 5th Dec 2006 08:15 in reply to "RE[3]: ah..."
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

Are those patents not there to stop someone modifying the algorithm and making a competing format ?

The patents should not come into play simply for a user.

In theory

Edited 2006-12-05 08:15

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RE[4]: ah...
by tomcat on Tue 5th Dec 2006 17:30 in reply to "RE[3]: ah..."
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

That's FUD. The license specifically contains a Covenant Not to Sue. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenXML#Licensing for details.

The only ones who have to worry about OpenXML are OSS folks who would want to co-opt the format by stealing it and calling the derivative something else. The patent provision keeps that from happening.

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