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 2.02 is now available for Windows for free download by registered Novell users.
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"ODF is still encumbered by Sun's patents. I really wouldn't trust Sun not to sue."

How can you, in turn, be trusted to acknowledge facts such as the following about the Massachusetts general counsel Hamel's confidence in Sun?

"In a message dated July 22, 2005, Sun's Jonathan Nimer notified the state that the company was "just about finished with preparing a statement about not asserting our patents, subject to reciprocity, concerning the XML" file format specification. State records show Nimer sent the statement on Aug. 1. Eight days later, Hamel informed various IT division colleagues via e-mail that Sun's covenant "fully" satisfied any legal concerns she had."

(from Computerworld article in

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