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Nov 28, 2007, 01:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy Allison)

"For the computing world, ISO standards have a mixed record. Around 1977, ISO developed a seven-layer networking protocol standard which ended up being completely side- lined when it ran into the working TCP/IP protocol standard that became the Internet. However, ISO did standardize the Unix commands and application programming interface POSIX, bringing some sanity to the fractured worlds of proprietary UNIX implementations. It seems that computing ISO standards work better when they standardize something that already exists.

"But standards don't rule the computing world. Today, ninety-two per cent of desktops and seventy per cent of servers run the proprietary and non-standardized Microsoft Windows OS..."

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