Slashdot reports that Miguel de Icaza, founder of GNOME and Mono, recently remarked in a Google groups discussion that Open XML is a “superb standard” and that the spec has been unfairly criticized. “OOXML is a superb standard and yet, it has been FUDed so badly by its competitors that serious people believe that there is something fundamentally wrong with it. This is at a time when OOXML as a spec is in much better shape than any other spec on that space. Besides, it is always better to have two implementations and then standardize than trying to standardize a single implementation.

The slashdot post:
http://linux.slashdot.org/linux/07/09/10/2343256.shtml

The google groups discussion thread:
http://groups.google.com/group/tiraniaorg-blog-comments/browse_thread/thread/2a07b8b50038d8c8/d582162af2d63d57