Cracks in the Foundation

“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


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