Digging for the truth?
I saw a quote from one of my colleagues, Microsoft Australia's National Technology Officer, highlighted on Groklaw's "News Picks" with the following annotation from the diva herself:-
[PJ: MS FUD-o-meter off the scale here. ODF can be structured to do anything you want. Microsoft didn't do that. Instead it offers a competing standard and unencumbered would mean it works freely and without restrictions and for one and all, including the GPL.]
Knowing Greg I don't think he'd go off the scale with FUD, so I thought I'd take a look at the story being referred to. It starts with an interesting quote attributed to IBM Australia's Government Program Executive:-
IBM has been particularly outspoken about the issue, but local government programs executive Kaaren Koomen insists it's not simply a battle between two multinationals.
"ISO has a policy that, wherever possible, there should only be one standard to maximise interoperability and functionality," she says. "We have an international standard for digital documentation, ODF, which was developed by Microsoft, IBM, Sun, Oracle and the open-source community some years back.
"Microsoft pulled out of that process and decided to develop its own standard, OOXML. Now Microsoft is trying to convince the rest of the ICT community to adopt its standard."
It is totally untrue that "ODF [was] developed by Microsoft, IBM, Sun, Oracle and the open-source community some years back".
It is also totally untrue that "Microsoft pulled out of that process and decided to develop its own standard, OOXML.""
Groklaw's tagline is "digging for the truth". Perhaps they've lost their spade?