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Sun-Google and OpenOffice


October 6, 2005 3:36 pm





Lots of virtual ink has been spilled on the Sun-Google announcement. It’s interesting to me how diverse the opinions are. Fortune sees this as potentially paradigm changing. Forbes dismisses it as essentially a PR ploy. Obviously, it’s too early to pronounce with any degree of certainty. One thing that struck me in reading the coverage was how OpenOffice was almost always described as a Sun product. is an open source project, and OpenOffice is an open source product. Sure, Sun influences the direction, but so do a lot of others. Novell is one of the major contributors to OpenOffice. So, we’re all for seeing greater adoption of OpenOffice in the market, whether pushed by Google, Sun or someone else. We include OpenOffice in our Linux desktop offering, as well as our retail Linux distro. If nothing else, the Sun-Google announcement has advertised OpenOffice as a legitimate alternative to Microsoft Office. That’s a good thing.

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  1. By:curious bystander

    Where is all PR/press releases about the release of Suse 10. Even though it’s the opensuse version there should be some press on it.