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The Open Group: An Open Source Strategy for the Open Group

Jul 28, 2003, 19:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Perens)

"The Open Group is faced with challenges and opportunities regarding Open Source software. Foremost is the organization's responsibility to guide its members in use of, and participation in, Open Source. Secondarily, as an organization we must catch up: we couldn't have known that Open Source would be this successful, and it brings profound changes to our main areas of practice: Open Systems and Standards. We must now fully integrate Open Source into our operation. If not, it's time to change the name of our organization.

"First, it's necessary to justify why we, or our members should participate in Open Source at all. Any Open Source participation must be grounded in a clearly documented benefit for the membership in general. We don't participate in Open Source for subjective reasons. We do it only when we can show that our members will be able to better operate their information systems facilities, will be able to spend less, or get more functionality or better service..."

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