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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by linux-it on Tue 5th Dec 2006 08:31 UTC
linux-it
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2006-07-13

I stated this in another thread as well. Why not give Novell the credits instead of keeping bashing novell.

What happens now is that inside (!) the linux community we have a huge split in two. People that amplify the FUD by thinking the deal is bad (so far, Novell has shown otherwise, both in the SCI case as well as this) and the others who don't follow the gut feeling and first sit and wit, think about it etc.

If the FUD continues there is only one winner and that is MS. And *we* the linux community helped them!. Same for the FSF who wants to change the GPLv3 so that a might-be-positive-deal is killed because we do not want interoperability. We do not want that linux can be used in a heterogenous server park.

We should be ashamed that we react like this, FSF included!

We should have supported Novell in this. Fiancially it was a good deal for Novell, the intentions in the past have proven to be right and still looks right so wait, see and don't kill Novell, as MS will thank you all for your short sights.

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RE: what about...
by smitty on Tue 5th Dec 2006 08:38 in reply to "what about..."
smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

I agree. A very vocal portion of the community has devolved into launching the kind of FUD attacks MS is better known for. I'm not sure what to think about the Novell-MS deal. I see some positives and some negatives, but what is clear is that all these anti-Novell attacks are both pointless and mostly wrong.

I think Balmer made that quote about Linux patent infringement solely because of all the noise being made by certain people these days and he thought it would be a good way to further divide the competition.

Edited 2006-12-05 08:41

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