RE: Regarding OOXML and Microsoft patents

If I may, I have been following this thread quite close, as I don't know how I personally feel about the OOXML standard yet. On one hand, the format is open, and much easier to implement (to the point that most users will never really notice compatibility issues) than the original binary document format. On the other hand, the attempt seems a little half hearted, and as an Open Software advocate, I can only trust Microsoft so much.

That being said, I think both of you are starting to degrade your arguments a bit, as you both just keep asking the other to provide proof of points, to which the responses are even more terse and less useful. I love a good debate, and think that the Gnome Foundation is a leader in the free software community, and its position will/could/can influence people. It is in this spirit that I ask not only that this debate continue, but it continue in a productive and useful manor.

I am not saying this debate has reached the 'empty' or 'troll' level, far from it, but I have always had a hard time sifting through the mix of PR, omitted truths, and sometimes outright lies of this debate (on a larger scale) and this discussion has proved to be very revealing of the truth of OOXML.

Kevin Kubasik

-----Original Message-----
From: foundation-list-bounces gnome org [mailto:foundation-list-bounces gnome org] On Behalf Of Richard Stallman
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2007 9:43 AM
To: Miguel de Icaza
Cc: foundation-list gnome org
Subject: Re: Regarding OOXML and Microsoft patents

    Instead of using an ad-hominem attack, you could point us why Larry
    Rosen is wrong and you are right, his credentials seem pretty solid to

Larry Rosen persistently spreads misinformation about the GNU GPL and
what it implies for linking with non-free software.  We cannot treat
him as a reliable authority.  He has his own agenda.

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