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[News] GNOME's Novell Members in Bed with Microsoft

  • Subject: [News] GNOME's Novell Members in Bed with Microsoft
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 05:13:11 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
GNOME Foundation defends OOXML involvement

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| Instead, I suspect that many in the community would agree with Ossendryver's 
| statement on his blog that "The participation of GNOME in ECMA TC45’s 
| apparent subversion of the standards process is a major disservice to FOSS 
| and all in the community who have worked so hard for open platforms and open 
| standards." From this position, what matters is loyalty -- and that, for 
| many, seems to mean support only for ODF and a complete boycott of any 
| efforts to make OOXML a standard. Far from clarifying matters, the 
| Foundation's statement may very well serve only to confirm this position and 
| to justify the paranoia about its motives.        


More here: http://boycottnovell.com/2007/11/23/novell-helps-ooxml-2/


Uh Oh. Another Smooth Move from Microsoft: Watch out, Ruby. Watch out OSI.

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| Let me please clarify something for you. Most of us do *not* want Microsoft 
| to participate. I would like to personally barricade Microsoft out, until it 
| alters its negative, rapacious and hostile behavior toward the GPL and FOSS. 
| And so should you.   
| Speaking for myself, I wouldn't invite them to speak at conferences or take 
| their money. I know. That's the hard part for some. I wouldn't pretend the 
| company isn't what it is, because it *is* what it is. This is starting to 
| feel like Wonderland, where Alice finds that up is down and large is small 
| and nothing is the same or logical. Think tea party strange.Why would anyone 
| want Microsoft to participate? Seriously. Why? And no, patent deals with 
| Novell don't make me like them. I despise them for what they did, and I know  
| what it means. They intend to coopt Linux, destroy the GPL, and hop on board 
| to make some money, honey. Oh, and kill it if it doesn't wish to be ridden, 
| while isolating and rendering pointless and helpless all developers who won't 
| go along. Why would you hope for that? Seriously. Why?          


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| Pieter Hintjens, president of the Foundation for a Free Information 
| Infrastructure, a non-profit organisation that is campaigning against the 
| Microsoft proposal, said: "We've recorded fairly systematic manipulation of 
| the voting process. We've seen what amounts to vote-buying in Italy, 
| Portugal, Colombia, Spain. In Sweden and Denmark, much the same happened – 
| Microsoft paying their business partners to join the vote."     


Corrupt countries were more likely to support the OOXML document format

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| Is this just a random coincidence? The median of the CPI index of the above 
| mentioned 70 countries is 3.95. Of the most corrupted half (CPI index less 
| than 3.95) 23 or 77% voted for approval (approval or approval with comments) 
| and 7 or 23% for disapproval; 5 abstained. Of the least corrupted half (CPI 
| index more than 3.95) 13 or 54% voted for approval and 11 or 46% voted for 
| disapproval; 11 abstained - see the table below.      


Microsoft accused of more OOXML standards fiddling 

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| However the 11 new countries are refusing to say how they will vote. These 
| include Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Ecuador, Jamaica, Lebanon, Malta, Pakistan, 
| Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay and Venezuela. Most people seem to think 
| that these have been put there by Vole to make sure the standard gets pushed 
| through.    


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