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The OpenSuse FAQ Touched me in a Bad Place

Dec 17, 2008, 14:04 (22 Talkback[s])

"Well, I don't know what you mean by "pushing". I do know that:

"Miguel de Icaza thinks OOXML is "superb", superior to ODF, called criticism of it "FUD", considers ISO approval was a good thing, and so on [1] [2] [3].

"Novell announced that the "Novell edition of the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite" would support OOXML very early in the game [1]

"These could be construed as "pushing" OOXML. Be careful now: the argument that OOXML support - now, after approval - is needed is not relevant. The problem is that when the discussion was started, and OOXML was proposed specificially to counter ODF, Novell stood firmly behing Microsoft.

"The reason people think Novell is "pushing" OOXML, even if technically Novell recomments ODF, is because most people judge by actions, not words. Novell has taken a lot of action to support ("push") OOXML. ODF? Not so much."

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