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GNOME, OOXML, and Half-Truths Colliding in the Night

Dec 19, 2007, 01:00 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"The average user probably hasn't even heard of Open Document Format (ODF) or Microsoft Office Open XML (OOXML). But to factions in the free software community, these formats for common office files such as text documents and spreadsheets are the poles on which a violent controversy centers. With both formats candidates for being the ISO standard that becomes the norm for interoperability between office suites, emotions were already running high.

"However, in the last six weeks, this issue has been sidetracked by a debate about whether the GNOME Foundation, which oversees development of the popular desktop, has betrayed or assisted the community by being involved with the development of OOXML at all..."

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