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Promoting a Competitor to Openness, on Behalf of Your New Partner

Novell has just helped Microsoft in its fight against OpenDocument -- that which decentralises control over standards -- by demonstrating that OpenOffice can support Open XML format, regardless of how poor the translation may be. Think of it as proof of concept; a prototype maybe. Of course, at present, OOXML is headed towards failure, for a heap of reasons. Microsoft truly needed this step from Novell, which was probably inevitable. It comes at a crucial time, which isn't necessarily coincidental.

Have a look at the comments, e.g. "Wow, and it's just as bad as the MCAN translator!". But who didn't see this coming? It is very important that this 'monopoly enabler', in its present state, gets rejected.

But the number of countries with reservations about Open XML in its current form remains large enough that the format might not be approved by ISO if it were put to a vote Thursday.


This is unsurprisingly similar to concerns over Samba. Novell's partnership with Microsoft helps Microsoft defend itself, especially when ridiculous documentation is involved, not to mention royalties and legal risks. Corel and Novell continue to be used as depedable puppets which promote anti-competitive 'standards' and practices. And this is not good for anyone, apart for those who share so-called IP in this exclusionary pact.

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