Sun Pushes for Greater Adoption of OpenDocument Format

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People want to be able to store their information for the long term without having to continually pay to upgrade their document software to maintain this or be forced to accept the alternative: that this data will passively disappear over time if they do not do that, Sun Microsystems Inc. officials said Wednesday.

The solution to this conundrum is a mechanism that does not require customers to continue to buy document software in order to keep their information and documents alive-essentially a multilaterally implemented baseline file format like the ODF (OpenDocument Format), said Simon Phipps, Sun's chief open-source officer, at a news event at Sun's San Francisco offices Wednesday.

This discussion was the latest salvo in the controversy around the ODF and the Microsoft Corp.-sponsored proposal that was last week accepted by Ecma International to produce a standard for office productivity applications that is compatible with Microsoft's Office Open XML Formats.

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