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ISA.org: Open Source (Linux) PLC project launched

Jan 05, 2000, 23:40 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Curt Wuollet for this link. ]

"A movement to develop Linux-based programmable logic controller (PLC) technology is being launched by participants in an online e-mailing list. The host of the widely used Automation List, Control Technology Corp. and Control.com Inc., has agreed to provide the venue and discussion resources to carry on the project, informally being called the "Open Source Control" effort."

"I envision a process similar to the other 'open source' projects on the 'net today -- online discussion groups for developers and users, an online source control system, and publicly available code," Control.com president Ken Crater told ISA OnLine."

"The Open Source Control effort addresses an economic imperative -- not merely to save money on software purchases, but rather to finally gain meaningful control over a critical link in the enterprise information chain," Crater said. "Proprietary architectures can only stand in the way of information flows -- and the supplier community has amply demonstrated its inability or unwillingness to deliver open systems in any meaningful sense of the phrase," he said."

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In additon to providing the link, Curt Wuollet adds:
"The "people on the list" who started the project was me.
Inquiries: wideopen@ecenet.com or http://www.control.com to get on the list."

Curt Wuollet,
Wide Open Technologies