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Cracks in the Foundation

Oct 08, 2007, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Weir)

"You must admire their tenacity. Gary Edwards and the pseudonymous 'Marbux.' The mythology of Silicon Valley is filled with stories of two guys and a garage founding great enterprises. And here we have two guys, and through blogs, interviews, and constant attendance at conferences, they have become some of the most-heard voices on ODF. Maybe it is partly due to the power of the name? The 'OpenDocument Foundation' sounds so official. Although it has no official role in the ODF standard, this name opens doors. The ODF Alliance, the ODF Fellowship, the OASIS ODF TC, ODF Adoption TC (and many other groups without 'ODF' in their name) have done far more to promote and improve ODF, yet the OpenDocument Foundation, Inc. seems to score the panel invites. Not bad for two guys without a garage.

"However, in recent months the OpenDocument Foundation has found itself more and more isolated, outside of the mainstream debate..."

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