"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
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