OOXML - ODF. Whatever for?!?

Story: Microsoft Makes Another Linux Friend: TurbolinuxTotal Replies: 2
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Jul 11, 2007
8:24 AM EDT
Quoting:This project seeks to create tools to build a "technical bridge" between Microsoft's Open XML Formats and ODF (Open Document Format).
Why? Who does this serve but Microsoft? If Microsoft really wants to "interoperate" (which I don't believe for a nanosecond), they can do it right now by using already existing standards.

Why bother re-inventing the wheel in order to placate MS, supporting its proprietary file format lock-in practices? If they care enough about whether their customers can interoperate, I can't think of anyone that's in a better position than them to make it happen. They're the ones drowning in cash. What do they need Turbolinux for? IT'S A TRAP, and a pretty transparent one at that!

This is a ***stupid*** thing for any FOSS operation to get into. Just say NO! Let 'em drown in their non-interoperable software.

Jul 11, 2007
8:32 AM EDT
But all that money, just for being Microsoft's new friend.

Jul 11, 2007
8:35 AM EDT
you are correct

this is also just a show for ISO to show they are inter-operating as microsoft defines it.


read through these papers and it shows just how microsoft defines interoperability

then read this and it totally blows their argument out of the water

http://www.robweir.com/blog/2007/07/formula-for-failure.html http://www.openmalaysiablog.com/2007/07/mathematically-.html

it is just like microsoft to submit a mathematically incorrect standard and make the ISO a joke instead of working for true interoperability.

they just want to make deals with smaller companies and then when their shoddy product is approved as an ISO standard they will use these deals to crush the smaller companies. they will end up changing something and claim it is their IP and can't share and will render the smaller companies version useless.

they have done it before and will do it again

glad all the netscape DOJ stuff changed their behavior.

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