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Old 07-02-2007, 10:46 AM   #1
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LXer: Linspire Joins Microsoft in Developing and Deploying Open Source Translators between Document Formats

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Linspire, Inc., developer of the Linspire commercial and Freespire community desktop Linux operating systems, today announced it will join the current efforts to improve the ability of users to work with the Office Open XML format by increasing the interoperability between ODF and Open XML. Linspire is joining with others who have signed on to this effort, including Novell and Xandros, to create bi-directional open source translators for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations between ODF and Open XML. All future releases of Linspire and Freespire will include the bi-directional translators between ODF and Open XML. As a result, end users of Microsoft Office and will be able to more easily share files, as documents will better maintain consistent formats, formulas and style templates across the two office productivity suites.

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This ought to be pretty funny actually. I'm not sure that even Microsoft understands OOXML, and at a couple thousand pages, the Linspire programmers are going to be busy for YEARS just trying to read the OOXML spec, let alone actually do something useful.

So if Linspire development comes to a screeching halt, this is likely why.


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