What does Xandros get out of its recent deal with Microsoft? Well, for one thing, the well-known Linux desktop distributor will get Open XML/ODF translators for OpenOffice.
--- Sounds like FUD to me. What was stopping Xandros from using the converter before, since it's free software? [Merc]

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"Xandros and Microsoft share the

"Xandros and Microsoft share the view that competing office productivity applications should make it easy for customers to exchange files with one another." Yes, it would be nice if there were some internationally-recognized "standard" file format that all programs could understand. Like maybe an "Open Document Format" formed in an "OASIS" where Microsoft, Sun, and IBM could all coexist freely. But, alas, these are just dreams. Of course, customer demand forced Microsoft to unilaterally create a separate format that used proprietary Windows technology and get it declared a standard after the fact. And customers just don't want to open and save ODF natively, though they are clamoring to handle Wordperfect MS-DOS files.