Friday, 8 December 2006

It's not a fork, it's a swiss knife

Following rumors of an OpenOffice fork initiated by Novell, this interesting article will be interesting to read :

Of course, full Microsoft compatibility in Ooo is a very good thing, particularly for Excel macros.

I can see the interest of the Ooo users, but I'm surprised that MS would let die what prevents their milkcow Office Suite to fall from 400$ to 20$. They can maintain high prices only because they own the document standard of Office.

So, where is the bug ? Is Novell going to deliver the compatibility layers to the public under the GPL (or the LGPL) ? It is not clear. "Open Source" does not mean free software. I don't believe in miracles.

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