Well a few days ago I wondered about the newly announced alliance between Novell and Microsoft. Now that some of the dust is settling down I am a little disappointed in Novell. One item that particularly caught my attention was the promised improvement for Open Office interoperability. It appears that the plan is to write filters so that Open Office can read and write Microsoft's new ECMA approved Office Open XML format. What is wrong with the ISO approved Open Document Format is a mystery to me. Given our experience with Microsoft and their sponsorship of C++/CLI at ECMA, in my opinion an attempt to foist .NET into the C++ community, the prospect of supporting MS Office in it's continuing dominance fills with me disgust. I suspect I will be migrating from OpenSUSE to Debian or Ubunto soon.

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