GNOME Foundation Endorses MS OpenXML November 25, 2007Posted by rjdohnert in 1.
While the title may sound like the GNOME Foundation may be moving to a Shared Source style of licensing its really not the case. While Russell Ossendryver may think that the GNOME Foundation helping with OpenXML may be a bad thing I for one applauded them if that was the case. This industry always has two sides to it and the fighting and evangalism never ends. GNOME vs KDE, UNIX vs Linux, Mac vs Windows, PC vs PowerPC it goes on and on.
I was thinking very higly of the GNOME Foundation because it had appeared that they were going to put the evangelism and zealotry aside and contribute but alas it appears not to be so.
Contribution to the process is a very good thing. It levels off the playing field and actually helps to make the technology better. If you arent contributing and just sitting there pointing fingers and not devulging any kind of technical expertise to help overcome the hurdles why bother. Do they think they are the high priests, so self righteous that they think they are the saviors of the IT world? So a message to the GNOME Foundation stop wasting everyones time with petty games.
If you look at ECMA TC45 there are many companies involved in the process. Apple, Toshiba, NextPage and even non-it companies like BP, the Library of Congress (does this mean the government is selling out?) The GNOME Foundation is one of many involved in the process. The adoption of OpenXML as a standard will in no way shape or form harm ODF, it just levels the playing field. OpenXML will be used, ODF will be used neither format will die off. If the GNOME Foundation decides to help overcome the hurdles than they are to be applauded and thanked. If they dont want to be involved and if they arent contributing like their open letter suggests then its time for them to get off the bus.