Thursday, December 20, 2007

GNOME: a "cowboy project"?

Article here.

There are a couple of claims in the article which seem worth examining:

GNOME had not included support for the Open Document Format, which was accepted by the ISO as a standard in 2006, in either the word processor Abiword or the spreadsheet Gnumeric, which are part of GNOME.


Not only does Abiword support ODF, and has done for a while, but its deployment within the OLPC platform is ODF by default.

Gnumeric support is also there - it's difficult to say when it was "added" because it emerged from the StarOffice support, it seems. The OASIS "ODF Advantages" PDF puts support for Abiword and Gnumeric at September 2005.

Asked whether, in view of the principled stand taken by the K Desktop Environment on the OOXML issue, the GNU Project would officially acknowledge this (Stallman has acknowledged it in a posting to a GNOME mailing list) and consider nominating the K Desktop Environment as one that now met all the requirements for a free software project, Stallman replied: "That would be a very drastic thing to do."


I wonder if either the question was badly put, or the answer badly reported - RMS has accepted KDE as a free software project for a long time now, and it's listed in the FSF directory.

2 comments:

Ross said...

"in either the word processor Abiword or the spreadsheet Gnumeric, which are part of GNOME."

Abiword and Gnumeric are not part of GNOME, they are just applications which use GNOME libraries (like, for example, VMWare Workstation).

Fact-Finder said...

Indeed, well spotted :)

There wasn't an awful lot of verifiable fact in that paragraph.