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, 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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It's Microsoft's way of trying to replay the last 20 years. IF FOSS does not combat this shabby attempt of gaining control AGAIN over the standard office format, then we'll have another 20 years of MS domination. How this domination works:

1. sell the latest PC's with the newest MS operating system preinstalled (this still works altho there are some attempts to sell computers preinstalled with a Linux distribution).
2. Sell an office version that is non-free and that is the standard. This has worked with .doc, .xls, .ppt etc. OpenOffice is the first office suite that actually has a slim chance to compete in this area.

Since the use of an operating system becomes less and less important (you don't need IE to browse the web, because Firefox is often better; you don't need Editor, since Gedit is at least as good as Editor; you don't need Photoshop, because the Gimp does the job (I'm talking about the desktop user) etc. p.p.
So the use of the OS is more or less not interesting anymore. You can easily substitute Windows with Linux. What remains is the office suite. And the question is and remains: Who controls an open standard? A board of members or Microsoft?

Come on, don't be so naiv: MS is just not the friendly little company around the corner. It's the ugly evil empire noone likes, and which likes to create and constantly change "standards".

Embrace it and change it so noone is going to understand it anymore.

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