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Re: [ossig] Open source software that does not follow open standards?
On Tuesday 03 August 2004 09:13, Christopher DeMarco wrote:
> Since you're looking for projects which willfully act insane, the
> possible MS FAT patents don't really count towards putting the kernel
> under this category. But what about Samba, or the kernel driver for
> RW NTFS? Hell, what about WINE?
Samba, rw NTFS and WINE are all software written to enable interoperability
with the other fella. I don't think that counts. They were just reacting to a
need. I'm sort of looking for software written simply because the author(s)
thought they'd have a better way of doing something as opposed to the
I'll come clean here. This has something to do with the fact that some
"organisations" have been saying that the MAMPU OSS Masterplan constitutes
discrimination towards proprietary software and went on about open standards,
hinting that not all OSS are standards compliant. I've often tried to explain
to anyone who would listen (on the other side) that there's no *impetus* for
any OSS coder to write non-compliant stuff, but they don't seem to get it.
So, I'm off looking for the exceptions that prove the rule.
There are cases where a piece of OSS writes its own data format and structure
for r/w, e.g. Ogg Vorbis but this is more because the .mp3 format is mired in
patents. And .mp3 is an "open" standard, is it not?
Talking about open standards, I seem to recall that pdf is not an "open"
standard per se, more a standard in which the specs are published. So that
makes it a proprietary open standard, no? For certain values of open,
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