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XML.com: Where the Web Leads Us

Oct 08, 1999, 17:15 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim O'Reilly)

"Almost everyone who talks about Open Source software wants to know whether or not Linux stands a chance of dethroning Windows. I'm here to talk about something completely different -- the role of open source software and Linux in building the future of the Internet, and more specifically, the future of the World Wide Web..."

"Open source plays a largely unheralded role in enforcing Internet standards. Similarly, would the HTTP standard still exist in its current form if Apache didn't hold true to it? Wouldn't it have dissolved into partisan one-upmanship between Microsoft and Netscape?..."

"The biggest danger, to my mind, is that even if we win the battle to keep Internet software open and non-proprietary, the new applications built on top of the web, the infoware applications I've been talking about, will form a new proprietary layer."

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