Blogger: Guy Creese
There's been some disagreement with our ODF/OOXML report, to put it mildly. Unfortunately, many of the criticisms are from people who have not read the report and are reacting to second- and third-hand interpretations of it.
In happy contrast to this "I'll react to the headline" mode, there have been some thoughtful discussions of the issues:
- Leadership by Numbers: A blog post by an IBM/Lotus/Linux/Java consultant in the DC area who characterizes himself as "leaning strongly towards ODF."
- ODF Alliance: The ODF Alliance has published a counterpoint to our report, and based on comments from OASIS and a branch of OpenOffice.org, does a nice job of summarizing an opposing viewpoint.
- Erwin's StarOffice Tango: A blog post by Erwin Tenhumberg, a marketing manager at Sun, entitled, "Dispelling Myths Around ODF."
If you are interested in the ODF/OOXML debate, we encourage you to read our report in its entirety, as well as the counterpoint resources above. We interviewed people at Adobe, Altova, IBM, Microsoft, Novell, and Sun in the course of putting it together, and they all offered feedback/corrections before we published it. However, it is still our opinion, and others disagree. From our point-of-view, the best thing that can happen as a result of this report is a civil, rational discussion of the issues--and not the religious war that this debate has often nosedived into.
For those who have asked when we plan on updating the report, we plan to in the next quarter, with an eye to (1) accepting or rebutting arguments made by others, (2) taking into account the result of the ISO vote, and (3) clarifying points that people misunderstood or misinterpreted.