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CNET News: Open Source versus Open Standards

Apr 08, 2003, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Schwartz)

"The term 'open' has been used and abused by the purveyors of technology for a couple of decades now, so it should come as no surprise that technology users are taking their turn.

"Today, the term has become associated with software source code, industry standards, developer communities and a variety of licensing models--four distinct phenomena that are often intermingled in indistinct ways.

"Each of these phenomena has a role to play, but it's important to understand what each one is--and isn't. Of the four, open standards are the most critical, because making a choice today shouldn't preclude you from making a different choice tomorrow..."

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