September 29, 2016

Open Source Is Not to Blame for a Lack of Industry Standards

Carol Wilson wrings her hands over the "boring" nature of open source standardization, declaring that "Open source processes can take the fun out of everything, particularly technology wars." Putting aside for a minute the irony of expecting standards to ever be anything more than mind-numbingly dull, Wilson's larger argument misses the point.

The problem with open source standards aren't that they're boring; it's that they're largely the same as the proprietary standards that preceded them. In practice, this presents no problem at all.

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