Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 24th Nov 2007 23:31 UTC
Gnome "The GNOME Foundation has issued a statement in response to recent accusations that it has been supporting the acceptance of Microsoft's Office Open XML format as an ECMA standard at the expense of the Open Document Format, the open standard used by OpenOffice.org, KOffice and other free software office applications. However, whether the statement's attempt at logical rebuttal will do anything to reduce the emotions or altruism behind the criticisms is anybody's guess."
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Well let's see...
by BrendaEM on Sun 25th Nov 2007 14:05 UTC
BrendaEM
Member since:
2005-11-23

Novell bought Ximian, and Novell has a stranglehold on Gnome, which even supports Evilution shareware integration in Gnome as a top priority, and Novell is friends with Microsoft now--is it any wonder?

I think that Gnome should be fair to not just Novell/MS, but all companies. Gnome should be a level playing field--not one that is stacked for one company more than another.

Gnome foundation's only respectful position is to say no to OOXML support.

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RE: Well let's see...
by jdub on Mon 26th Nov 2007 12:39 in reply to "Well let's see..."
jdub Member since:
2005-08-19

Novell has a stranglehold on Gnome [...] Gnome should be a level playing field--not one that is stacked for one company more than another.


Novell definitely doesn't have a stranglehold on GNOME, and GNOME is very much a level playing field for more companies than just Novell. Look at all the commercial and individual contributors to GNOME, look at the GNOME Foundation web page to see who is on the Advisory Board.

If anything, Novell's influence in GNOME has waned. Few GNOME developers are pleased with their deal with Microsoft, and quite a few of their influential GNOME developers have left the company. They're actually in a very difficult position in the GNOME community at the moment, and it is very much of their own making.

Novell were not involved in the GNOME Foundation's decision to help continue Jody's participation in ECMA TC45-M.

I hope that's cleared a few things up for you.

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