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March 31, 2006 9:51 am





Paul Murphy over at ZDNet is trying to pull together criteria for determining how to rate office productivity programs. He’s looking at Microsoft Office vs. OpenOffice. I like the effort to develop an objective, rather than ideological, approach to the question. That there’s even a question – given the long-term lock that Microsoft Office has had on the desktop for so long – is evidence of the growing power of open source in changing existing market dynamics. We continue to move forward internally on our OpenOffice adoption. As of Monday, April 3, the standard format for documents for internal use at Novell will be the OpenOffice 2.0 default (.odt for documents, .odp for presentations, .ods for spreadsheets). These files are Open Document Format compatible, meaning any ODF compliant program can be used to read them.

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  1. By:fCh

    Since NOVL is headquartered in MA–the brainy state of the federation requiring all its public docs to be in open format–it follows NOVL will embrace such policy. We just have to wait and see how well NOVL communications with the rest of the world will improve, and as consequence its revenue. Go Novell, go!

  2. By:John Yorke

    How about an “Novell ODF Viewer” which can be embedded in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. It would be nice to put ODF files on a website using:

    <object type=”application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text”
    height=”500″ width=”600″>
    This browser does not have a ODF Viewer Plug-in.
    <br />
    <a href=””>
    Get the latest ODF Viewer Plug-in here.