I'm pasting a copy of a newsletter that I received, because it sounds like it might be pertinent to those who use OpenOffice. It might not really pertain to the average user, maybe only to big corporations and government agencies, but...
There is a link to the full article.
LinuxWorld.com Feature Story
Game over for OpenDocument? - LinuxWorld, 07/23/07
http://www.linuxworld.com/nllinuxopensourc85767 : Is it game
over for OpenDocument? Probably. We've been expecting
Massachusetts ITD to publicly revise its open formats mandate to
include Office Open XML (OOXML) ever since Louis Gutierrez
resigned as CIO in early October 2006. That was as clear a
signal that ODF had failed in Massachusetts as needed by anyone
in the know.
The only surprise is that it took new ITD CIO Bethann Pepoli so
long to make the announcement that OOXML would be officially
recognized as an "open" XML file format going forward. How she
determined OOXML is open when the Microsoft Open Specification
Promise allows no other developer to implement it is a mystery,
but it seems a safe bet that the decision was based on political
and practical considerations rather than sound legal advice
about OOXML's qualification as an open standard.
User pressure leads SugarCRM to adopt GPLv3 - LinuxWorld,
07/25/07 http://www.linuxworld.com/nllinuxopensourc85768 :
SugarCRM is to adopt Version 3 of the GNU General Public License
(GPLv3) for the next release of its CRM software after coming
under pressure from its user community to move away from its
earlier Sugar Public License. Sugar Community Edition 5.0, the
open source version of the SugarCRM software, due out in
September, will be licensed under GPLv3, the vendor announced
Wednesday. GPLv3 debuted at the end of June.
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