"As we approach the imminent release of the 'stable' version of
OpenOffice.org 2.0 (OOo 2.0), it is becoming increasingly apparent
that OOo 2.0 and it's commercial big brother, StarOffice 8.0, are
going shake up the desktop software industry. As this Mad Penguin
interview with Gary Edwards shows, the 'clean' XML standard adopted
by the OASIS OpenDocument Technical Committee (TC) and the State of
Massachusettst is at the heart of massive changes now under way in
the multi-billion dollar office productivity software industry.
"Gary is a member of the OpenDocument TC and the principal of
Open Business Stack Systems, a company providing XML-based SOA
(service-oriented architecture) solutions, and so has first-hand
knowledge of the potential that truly open XML holds for uniting
disparate computer systems which are still out there running
mission critical applications..."
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