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WideOpenNews: [IBM's] Phipps on Why the Web Works

Mar 31, 2000, 16:37 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Satya Kuner)

""Phipps's Law," he states, "is that the Web works because shared standards make the value grow faster than the costs.""

"The development problem he refers to is classic. When companies control standards instead of sharing them, the development process requires duplicate effort to get the same functionality to work in different environments. And it ain't cheap. At some point, "entropy death" occurs -- it costs so much to extend the code to multiple environments that it simply isn't worth the effort."

""If I had to work out one word that would be used the most in the future, it's open," Phipps says. "Ultimately it's not going to be about operating systems. It's going to be about having an open programming model." The future of development may not be about operating systems, but Linux and Java are happily intertwined. "I'm going to suggest to you that the future is Linux," Phipps says seriously. "Not because it's a great operating system, but because it's about exposing the power of shared standards.""

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