* Homer peremptorily fired off this memo:

> Miguel de Icaza seems to think so:
> from what we know about Microsoft policies (right or wrong) their
> employees are barred from looking at code under certain licenses (GPL
> being one of them
> http://mail.gnome.org/archives/found.../msg00013.html
> This is insane!


* From: Richard Stallman
* To: Miguel de Icaza
* Cc: foundation-list gnome org
* Subject: Re: Regarding OOXML and Microsoft patents

. . .

Your insult is too vague to be checked, or refuted, but the reasons
why this question of standardization is important are very specific.
Governments around the world are interested in using an open standard
format. They have to decide whether to insist on a real open
standard, such as ODF, or accept a sham open standard, OOXML. If they
choose the former, they are likely to move somewhat to OpenOffice.
Otherwise they are likely to be stuck with Microsoft Office.

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