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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b3timmons
Member since:
2006-08-26

"So the game is now rigged because MS has the majority of users and a
format that moves those users forward without sacrificing their
existing data wheras ODF has issues interoping with other ODF
implementations? I see intellectual dishonesty, but it isn't eminating
from me."


It is emanating from you, however. (sorry)

Several comments have already pointed it out and will continue; in addition to the arguments already presented, Microsoft cannot escape the consequences of its monopolist status.

"Do Sun/IBM have branch offices in OSNews forums now?"

We can speculate about them, although not such a leap is needed for Microsoft, honored as a recent example in
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astroturfing

Nowadays, Microsoft is surely more sophisticated with its "concerned citizens."

Edited 2006-12-05 03:54

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n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

It is emanating from you, however. (sorry)
Several comments have already pointed it out and will continue; in addition to the arguments already presented, Microsoft cannot escape the consequences of its monopolist status.


Support of Microsoft itself is not a case of intellectual dishonesty. If you believe so, your position is devoid of logic, clouded in bias and breeds dishonesty due to a need to prove the MS position to be wrong in all cases.

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b3timmons Member since:
2006-08-26

"Support of Microsoft itself is not a case of intellectual dishonesty. If you believe so, your position is devoid of logic, clouded in bias and breeds dishonesty due to a need to prove the MS position to be wrong in all cases.

That's a simple strawman, since at most I referred to a "chronic intellectual dishonesty of Microsoft advocacy". The problem, yet again, is not ignorance on your part, but willful attempts to distort.

This is not to say all of the deception is equally exercised. People have ripped into Ballmer only because he is obvious, while they let Gates get away because his deception flies completely over their heads.

This is no game: it necessarily divides people, harms society, and corrupts and squanders the most talented. How can you stomach being part of it?

Edited 2006-12-05 13:46

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