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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RE[5]: ah...
by Temcat on Tue 5th Dec 2006 08:22 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: ah..."
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If you look at the patent license for Open XML, it's not so clear-cut. Basically, you are given license for patents that are "necessarily infringed" by a licensed implementation (with further limitations), but does not enumerate neither those nor all patents that pertain to Open XML. So what if you inadvertently infringe on one of those patents that are possible to work around, in Microsoft's opinion, because you don't know what exactly you should work around?

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