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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IanSVT
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2005-07-06

Even a Novell supporter will note how its frequently updated content touches on Microsoft shenanigans such as what has been missing in this debate, how it cleans up some of the sloppiness of Groklaw, etc.

Great, it regurgitates news; news that has more to do with Microsoft than Novell. That site would be better off being called boycottmicrosoft.com. Microsoft has been using the same tactics for years. There is nothing new there, other than what the current subject is.

I've posted about this before, and I'll continue to do it. Something that people like Pamela Jones and whoever runs that site don't seem to take into account is that businesses and organizations cannot just jump to a new format like ODF without there being a solid technological path. On the face of it, this deal creates that path. I can, technically, move all my workstations or open office and play nice with MSOffice 2007. I can not do that without Novell. And what does that mean? That's one HUGE barrier to dumping Windows all together. A lot of people who are going to be deploying Linux in the future have their hands tied. Some network admin can't go install a "pure" linux distro with a "pure" install of openoffice and then tell his CEO that he can't open up his .doc file correctly that he got from a colleague. It doesn't work that way. That admin will lose his job. It's not completely black and white out there in the real world.

Now whether Microsoft uses this to start legal actions is to be seen. I don't trust Microsoft either, but I'm also not assuming this will end badly either. Microsoft can't sue the open document format. If Novell goes down the tubes from all of this, I can still support ODF.

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