"Despite technical difficulties with the phone lines,
Linux.com's live podcast with Jeff Waugh of the GNOME Foundation
and Roy Schestowitz, cofounder of the Boycott Novell site,
attracted a large audience eager to discuss GNOME's involvement
with the efforts to make the Microsoft Office Open XML (OOXML)
document format an ECMA standard. Hosted by Rod Amis on his
Lightning Strikes show at BlogTalkRadio, and with questions from
Linux.com's Editor in Chief Robin Miller and me, the discussion
revealed that the two sides of the issue are closer than they have
appeared in the past.
"The discussion came about as a result of GNOME's support for
the efforts of Jody Goldberg, the lead developer of the Gnumeric
spreadsheet, to use the ECMA process to force Microsoft to reveal
more about OOXML and, by extension, its previous binary
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