Novell's "Danaergeschenk"

German is an interesting language, and many of its words have made it into English. Novell's recent deal with Microsoft is begging to add another one: Danaergeschenk. The term translates to "Gift by the Danaer" and has the same roots as "Greeks bearing gifts," which goes back to the siege of Troy.

Novell's Danaergeschenk to the world is the recent announcement to implement OpenXML support in OpenOffice.org.

Bob Sutor, IBM's Vice President of Standards and Open Source has written a good analysis why the specification is more akin to a denial of service attack than an Open Standard. OpenXML basically represents a change of strategy: Instead of trying to hide information by not telling anything about their products to anyone, they've apparently now switched to hiding information in noise, which is by far the more effective method.

Novell's "Danaergeschenk".

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