Archive | May 5, 2005

OS X Spotlight doesn’t search OpenOffice documents

Shame on Apple for shipping their Spotlight desktop search engine with support for MS Office, but no support for searching documents. Oo.o documents are ZIPped-up sets of XML documents, and should be a piece of cake to fix.

The Open Source community to the rescue again, with NeoLight, an early beta product now, but planned to be included in future versions of Oo.o, which will add the search capabilities into Spotlight.

With the Oo.o 2.0 document format forming the basis for the OASIS document format I mentioned yesterday, let’s hope we see a pickup in the support for this format around the office automation software industry.

Is agreeing to give something away for free price-fixing?

OSNews points to an article GPL Under “Price Fixing” Legal Attack. “The suit claims that the “Free Software Foundation has entered into contracts and otherwise conspired and agreed with individual software authors and commercial distributors of commodity software products such as Red Hat Inc. and Novell Inc. to artificially fix the prices charged for computer software programs through the promotion and use of an adhesion contract that was created, used and promoted since at least the year 1991 by the Free Software Foundation”

Groklaw responds with a pretty clear interpretation that this is nonsense.

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