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2008-04-03

And now the appeals and reactions while OOXML sits on hold

Georg Greve at Groklaw - And now the appeals and reactions while OOXML sits on hold:

"Ha! Caught some of you. Because some of you *did* think Microsoft was changing and getting more open and was wanting to build bridges to FOSS, etc. I know you did. I hoped for a while myself. Well, take a look at the evidence splayed out before us on the ISO table. It speaks. And what it says is, "There is no new Microsoft."

And so we need to get smarter. Make the division more clear. People will choose well, given a clear choice. Firefox and Ubuntu and Red Hat and others have demonstrated that. There is no need to compromise. And if you are tempted by the money, think about the rest of us, will you? Look at ISO. Do you want to be like that?

Anyone, then, from this day forward who is naive enough to believe a single word from Microsoft needs to see a doctor right away. That is the single most important positive result from this OOXML process, as far as I'm concerned. Now we know."

See also David DeJean at Computerworld – Microsoft wins this OOXML battle, but loses the war

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 21:14:16 +0000