[olug] Oracle is charging $90 for M$ ODF Plguin

Rob Townley rob.townley at gmail.com
Tue Apr 20 23:19:57 UTC 2010

On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM, Chad Homan <choman at gmail.com> wrote:
> I really enjoyed the talk Adam gave on ODF and OpenOffice.  But this caught
> my attention while checking out
> osnews.com today. Not really surprised but this will not help anyone trying
> to talk people, friends and family to
> ODF. Verified it here: http://www.sun.com/software/star/odf_plugin/get.jsp
> Oracle Starts Charging 90 USD Per User for ODF
> Plugin<http://www.osnews.com/story/23181/Oracle_Starts_Charging_90_USD_Per_User_for_ODF_Plugin>
>  Linked by Thom Holwerda <http://www.osnews.com/editor/11> on Tue 20th Apr
> 2010 20:24 UTC, submitted by Governa <http://www.osnews.com/user/Governa/>
>  [image: SUN Microsystems] <http://www.osnews.com/topics/7> When Oracle
> announced its intentions to buy Sun Microsystems, many were worried about
> the future of Sun's large open source software portfolio, which includes
> things like Solaris, Java, MySQL, and more. It seems like Oracle is still
> struggling <http://www.osnews.com/comments/23163> with what to do with the
> large body of products Sun entails; they've started charging 90 USD
> per user<http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Oracle-start-charging-for-Sun-s-Office-ODF-plug-in-981132.html>for
> the Microsoft
> Office ODF plugin <http://www.sun.com/software/star/odf_plugin/get.jsp>.
>  [image: E-mail]<http://www.osnews.com/share/23181/Oracle_Starts_Charging_90_USD_Per_User_for_ODF_Plugin>
> Chad, CISSP
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There is this sourceforge odf / OpenXML converter and batch converter.
 It is open source, but one problem with it is that (i believe it is
the one) that will force windows to open docx files with it even if
you choose open office.  That should not be too hard to fix however.

note: odf-converter is funded by MS.

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