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Quick Mention: Novell's Latest GNU/Linux Discrimination

Microsoft permits things on Windows, but not Linux

No OOXML seems to have just absorbed a development that we wrote about many months ago.

Without the press taking notice, Novell is actually putting OpenOffice.org for Windows at a position of advantage, which leads to fragmentation, incompatibilities and leaves Linux users behind, even as far as OpenOffice.org itself is concerned.

It's good to see this acknowledged and noted by a separate and independent source.

It is the "OpenOffice.org Novell Edition", that is a kind of half fork of the official OpenOffice.org. Novell is pulling the strings to get the Gnome project to adopt its version as the official Gnome OpenOffice. This fork is using the last version of the OOo and adding/changing features to it to create a different product: the "Novell Edition".

The main difference between the OpenOffice.org Novell Edition and the official version of the project is that the Novell Edition is encouraged to provide import and export to OOXML. Additionally it includes some add-ons that they didn't want to integrate in the official version of OpenOffice.org (indeed they chosed an incompatible license to prevent any kind of integration of their code in the official project). These add-ons can be seen here: http://www.go-oo.org

All this strategy of to divide the "instrumental" OOo project probably is under the umbrella of the Microsoft-Novell agreement.


This is very alarming. Read the whole item. Novell is still screwing the FLOSS community for all it seems. Novell serves Novell, but nobody else in this one particular area.

Say No to Novell

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