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The Register: StarOffice creator on the GNOME pact

Aug 15, 2000, 13:16 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"...Sun has chosen to support Gnome only," he says. "We will work together with the KDE community but we have made our pick. KOffice we don't consider as competition." Boerries pointed out there was ongoing interoperability work to bridge the Bonobo and KParts object models that feature in Gnome 2.0 and KDE 2.0. He also said that his team would publish XML-based file formats for the office applications, giving anyone the chance to preserve their data and still have a choice of applications."

"...The first of these specifications will be published either at the end of this week, or the beginning of next week he said."

"We will be happy to invite KDE to work through openoffice.org; even if they have their own source code, and invite them to adopt the XML based file formats and APIs. That would still make a lot of sense," he said."

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