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[News] Novell Does More OOXML/Patent/Fragmentation Damage to OpenOffice.org

  • Subject: [News] Novell Does More OOXML/Patent/Fragmentation Damage to OpenOffice.org
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 02:49:43 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Privileged Access on Linux

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| 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. 


New forums in the openoffice.org Web site, but Novell and Microsoft seem to be
going their own way.



Available Now: OpenOffice.org Novell Edition for Windows

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| Let's consider a couple of the features that you get in the Novell
| Edition but are not likely to have been integrated into upstream OOo yet:
|     * Excel VBA Macro execution
|     * Performance improvements
|     * AGFA fonts
|     * Better Bullets (now in upstream OOo)
|     * Simple Solver
|     * GroupWise integration


OpenOffice.org Tipping Point?

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| It's a shame Michael has chosen now - a turning point in OpenOffice.org and a 
| moment when Sun has radically improved the SCA in response to broad feedback 
| from many communities - as a time to mount a fresh challenge to Sun that by 
| implication also harms OpenOffice.org. And when you distill out all the 
| details, that's what this turns out to be even by Michael's admission - a 
| competitive issue, not a community one.     


Sun Refuses LGPL for OpenOffice; Novell forks

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| Because of Sun's refusal to accept LPGL extensions in the upstream code, 
| Michael Meeks (who recently talked about Sun's OO.o community failings, and 
| ODF and OOXML) has announced ooo-build (previously just for build fixes) is 
| now a formal fork of OpenOffice to be located at http://go-oo.org/.    


Questions I'd like to see asked about the Microsoft-Novell deal

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| The questions asked as part of this study were about as open-ended
| and wishy-washy as you could get. Researchers asked customers
| deploying a mix of Windows, SuSE Linux and Red Hat Linux whether
| they were in favor of more vendor interoperability. They asked
| customers if they believed it would be helpful if Microsoft
| worked more closely with Linux vendors. They asked whether they
| approved of the Microsoft-Novell collaboration. And they
| questioned whether users "take responsibility for the
| intellectual property in the products they ship."
| The only question on PSB's list that I found remotely interesting
| was whether users would be any more likely to buy SuSE Linux as a
| result of the Microsoft-Novell deal. Sixty-nine percent said yes.
| (I'm actually surprised this number isn't higher.)


Office 2007's Confusion Mode

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| So Microsoft clearly loves multiple Microsoft document formats! (Discuss 
| among yourselves whether this love is amour de soi or amour propre.) But what 
| about other, standard formats?   


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