Novell, ODF and Castles in the Sand

Andy Updegrove writes “The Novell announcement that it would support OOXML was greeted with great hostility by many in the open source community who were already incensed over Novell’s recent collaboration agreement with Microsoft. There are understandable reasons for that reaction, but I’d like to put this latest news in the broader context of all of the ODF developments we have witnessed since August a year ago, when Massachusetts announced the inclusion of ODF in the latest version of its Enterprise Technical Reference Model. If I pan back and look at this series of events, what I see is an inexorable march of progress by ODF, and the Novell announcement as just the latest in a series of concessions to ODF’s importance by companies that might otherwise prefer to see it die rather than flourish. “