Have you ever heard “The best ideas come when you are in the shower…”. Well, I know that applies to me, while also happening at 2 in the morning.
My idea is about the OOXML.
Now this is just a conspiracy theory… but after reading this, I felt my idea may hold some water.
So there are proprietary bits of data within the code of OOXML, which are owned by Microsoft, such as the “AddSpaceLikeWord95” or whatever it is called. In the article, Microsoft is noted as saying that they would try to pull in more revenue through the Linux-patent deals. Now that the GPLv3 is in effect, that can no longer happen.
Could it be, that Microsoft is going to try to pull in revenue with OOXML? If it becomes approved by the ISO, they (MSFT) would (try) use it to knock ODF out of the running when it comes to document formats, by using Office 2007 formats as the default in their office apps. Home users would use the formats without thinking twice, thus leaving Linux users without the most popular file format in a matter of years, or maybe even months. Sun Microsystems would then, if they wanted OpenOffice to succeed, have to use OOXML, and may have to pay a licensing fee to get the full features, due to the proprietary pieces of data mentioned earlier. In other words, you may not have to pay for OpenOffice, but you would be supporting Microsoft by getting Sun to pay for licensing fees. Therefore, taxing all Linux users for the software they use, aka taxing by association.
This is just a conspiracy theory, and all would hinge on whether or not OOXML is approved by the ISO, but it does get me thinking — what if…