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ODF vs. OOXML: War of the Words Chapter 5

Jan 05, 2008, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers

"One of the two articles of faith that Eric Kriss and Peter Quinn embraced in drafting their evolving ETRM was this: products built to 'open standards' are more desirable than those that aren't. Superficially, the concept made perfect sense--only buy products that you can mix and match. That way, you can take advantage of both price competition as well as a wide selection of alternative products from multiple vendors, each with its own value-adding features. And if things don't work out, well, you're not locked in, and can swap out the loser and shop for a winner.

"But did that make as much sense with routers and software as it did with light bulbs and lamps? And in any event, if this was such a great idea, why hadn't their predecessors been demanding open standards-based products for years? Finally, what exactly was that word 'open' supposed to mean...?"

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