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Andy Updegrove Interviews OpenOffice Team Members

On the Standards Blog, Andy Updegrove writes “The Evolving ODF Environment Part II: Spotlight on OpenOffice.”

I think the concept behind this article, and the series it’s part of, is really clever and very important:

“Just over a week ago, I posted the first of what I hope will be a complete set of interviews with the developers of the major open source and proprietary software suites that implement ODF. That Interview was with KDE’s Inge Wallin, and addressed the KOffice suite one of the two best known open source implementations of ODF. Today, it’s the turn of OpenOffice the other well-known open source implementation of ODF, and the most implemented of all software packages that support ODF. The interview that follows is with Louis Suarez-Potts, OpenOffice’s Community Manager, and John McCreesh, Marketing Co-Lead.”

“The purpose of this series of interviews is to provide a comparative picture of the evolving ODF landscape, highlighting the strengths (and weaknesses) of each current implementation, so that potential users can judge which alternative is right for them. At the same time, it will illustrate the fact that a standard such as ODF, far from limiting innovation, can instead enable a rich set of products that distinguish themselves with additional features to attract users to their particular flavor of the same software tool.”

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