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NewsForge: The Open Group Calls for More Support of Open Standards

Jul 26, 2002, 07:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Bryar)

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"Do you agree with Tim Berners-Lee? Is it time for proprietary software developers to join forces with the Open Source community? Is it time for both Open Source and proprietary software developers to formally 'out' big vendors who declare proprietary 'standards' that they own and control? Is it time for the software community to quit hiding behind 'intellectual property rights?' Is it time for software developers to commit to meaningful open standards that guarantee interoperability? Is it time for a 'Constitutional Convention' of software developers and a pledge to sacrifice some individual vendor independence for the common good?

"According to attendees at the 'All-User' Web Services Conference in Boston this week, it is well past time. Without a change in behavior and a commitment to common standards, the few new initiatives exciting anyone about high tech are at risk of stalling out, or being hijacked by you-know-who. These initiatives include the next generation of Web services and mobile computing offerings.

"That has been the theme of the conference, sponsored by The Open Group, a consortium of equipment and software vendors who own the UNIX trademark (and who have been involved in some UNIX domain name disputes recently). Berners-Lee spoke before the group earlier this week. He and other speakers said that vendors need to refocus least some of their development efforts to create a royalty-free commons of software standards that don't trap developers with unnecessary patent claims, licensing fees and other intellectual property burdens. According to Berners-Lee, the future of the Web and Web services depend on Web standards that can be implemented without fee mongering and other attempts to control or subvert open standards..."

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