Bruce Perens: A Vertical Market Seeks Open Standards

“History repeats itself in interesting ways. Vertical markets
are today grappling with their own need for truly Open Standards,
going through all of the pain that the broader IT industry suffered
two decades ago. Fortunately, the verticals can learn from the
experience of the broader IT industry that has already fought these

“So, of all the critical industries crying out for Open
Standards, who is campaigning for them in their own industry today?
Is it the manufacturers of voting machines, who must establish high
standards to safeguard democracy? Or the medical records system

“Nope, it’s the makers of casino slot machines.”

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