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Positive steps on ODF



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November 30, 2006 3:42 pm

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There have been a couple of important positive steps on the ODF front this week. Brazil, India and Italy have each endorsed ODF at some level, with Brazil now recommending ODF as the standard government format. In addition, Corel has announced they’ll be supporting ODF in the next rev of WordPerfect, as well as Open XML. Momentum continues to build around open formats. Novell’s Microsoft agreement includes a commitment to work to improve compatability between ODF and Open XML. Efforts to remove impediments to interoperability will help ODF grow market share more rapidly going forward, and make users in general more willling to try open source based products. Within Novell, we introduced ODF as the corporate standard a good six months before really starting to move employees to Linux. It helped employees get used to open source, and made the overall migration a smooth process.

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