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Closed Is New Open: Software Industry Bends Standards

Dec 02, 2009, 16:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kristian Kissling)

"The tide has now turned. An FSFE analysis recently discovered a leaked internal EIF draft that relied heavily on a document issued by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). The BSA lobbying organization includes among its members large companies that stand to gain from proprietary software, such as Microsoft, Apple and SAP, but also IBM, Adobe, Dell, HP, Intel and a few others.

"Apparently the industry, which fears losing large contracts with taxpayer funded agencies, is lobbying against open software. The new EIF draft is therefore worded to suggest that interoperability will not only be achieved through openness, but through homogeneity. Decrypted, this means, "if everybody uses the same closed source software, interoperability will be preserved." Translated further: let's preserve the quasi monopoly status quo.

"Another buzzword is "openness continuum,"..."

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