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On 1/3/11 12:48 AM, Carl Symons wrote:

Italo's statement of a philosophy of FOR is exactly right IMHO.

Thanks, this philosophy is the guiding principle of our marketing strategy. In Italy (I apologize for mentioning often what we have done here) we have got to the point of issuing a press release to congratulate Microsoft for the support of ODF. It has been one of the most successful press releases, and it has been instrumental in making the project more credible in the market.

Today, Italian media consider Associazione PLIO the real Microsoft competitor. If there is a face to face between Microsoft and OOo, we are invited to talk and Sun/Oracle is completely ignored. We have been featured on the largest Italian dailies with dedicated articles.

The fact that this email thread exists, that it allows for all manner
and strength of opinion, is testimony to the strength of open source
software. It also illustrates a guiding principle of TDF.

Yes, although I would say that it has started in the wrong way, i.e. against Microsoft. The original idea was that we support Microsoft if we write OOXML, which is not only wrong but exactly the opposite of what happens in the reality.

Supporting OOXML makes LibreOffice stronger and TDF more credible, because we are not scared by interoperability (while Microsoft is and will always be scared by interoperability).

This is all I can say, and is already way too much for our beloved Microsoft lurkers.

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