Even Microsoft officially gives up on ISO/DIS-29500

David B davidb_info at yahoo.es
Thu May 22 08:43:07 UTC 2008

Microsoft Supporting ODF? -- Close, But No Cigar
Source: http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20080522012330406
Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 04:26 AM EDT

I wish I could wholeheartedly applaud the Microsoft announcement about native support for ODF, but I can't. Of course, it's better to have native support for ODF, no matter what motives may have influenced Microsoft's announcement, and I'm glad about that for the sake of end users. But it hasn't happened yet. Was the word 'vaporware' not coined for Microsoft? In any case, I'm in the "I will believe it when I see it" category when it comes to Microsoft. They've earned my caution.

And I see danger signs for FOSS I'd like to share with you, so you can consider them. Once again, the problem is software patents. Internet News indicates that commercial Linux/FOSS vendors, and the GPL license that Linux comes with, will be excluded:

    Microsoft, however, frames its latest moves as part of fulfilling a company-wide interoperability initiative that it announced in February. 

Uh oh. Remember this from February, when Microsoft announced the availability of APIs?

    Going forward, Smith said that Microsoft will enter into a covenant not to sue open source developers who use the open APIs for noncommercial applications. Commercial developers will still need to obtain patent licenses to use the code.

GPL developers can't obtain patent licenses. That would violate the terms of the GPL. Period.

Like Microsoft doesn't know that.

But, you say, Linux is GPL'd and that's Microsoft's primary competition. Can it be that commercial vendors and the GPL will be exiled again from the "even" playing field everyone else gets to be on? Why yes. It appears so. Commercial Linux vendors need not apply. Or they can sell out. 

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--- El jue, 22/5/08, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> escribió:

> De: David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com>
> Asunto: Re: Even Microsoft officially gives up on ISO/DIS-29500
> Para: discussion at fsfeurope.org
> Fecha: jueves, 22 mayo, 2008 8:50
> 2008/5/22 Sam Liddicott <sam at liddicott.com>:
> > Doesn't abiword also support ODF?
> It has import/export, but they're not huge fans and it
> won't ever be
> the default format:
> http://www.redhatmagazine.com/2008/05/08/abiword-team-interview/
> - d.
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