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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give it a rest
by AdamW on Tue 5th Dec 2006 05:23 UTC
AdamW
Member since:
2005-07-06

As someone working for one of Novell's direct competitors (Mandriva)...

give it a rest, guys.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with this.

They're implementing OpenXML support as an open source licensed plugin and submitting it for inclusion in upstream OO.o. It doesn't replace ODF support.

This is a useful feature that would have been done by someone else if Novell hadn't done it first. It's entirely clean from a licensing and code standpoint. It's good work by Novell that they're contributing back to the whole community and there's no legitimate reason for anyone to attack it, no matter what you think of their other recent moves.

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RE: give it a rest
by archiesteel on Tue 5th Dec 2006 06:03 in reply to "give it a rest"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Just to make it clear: I don't think it's a bad move for Novel to include this. The only thing this discussion has made me realize is that ODF is still the better file format.

It also makes me realize how much the DOJ wasted their times going after IE...the real monopoly to break has always been the Office file format. Without it, Microsoft's monopolist dreams crumble.

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RE: give it a rest
by n4cer on Tue 5th Dec 2006 08:31 in reply to "give it a rest"
n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

As someone working for one of Novell's direct competitors (Mandriva)...
give it a rest, guys.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with this.

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Agreed. I'm done with this thread.

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