Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Feb 2008 15:26 UTC, submitted by Robert Kratky
Opera Software Opera Software's CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner explains why they will not release the Opera browser as open source, arguing that open standards are more important than open source. Von Tetzchner also talks about the company's antitrust complaint to the European Commission in which it accuses Microsoft of abusing its dominant position by tying Internet Explorer to Windows.
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Open Standards are more importanr
by waynej on Fri 22nd Feb 2008 09:51 UTC
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In my honest opinion open standards are crucial.

I am a mechanical design engineer who uses solid modelling software and FEA software every day. Try sharing the models and analysis results with your customers and suppliers - it's an absolute ball-ache.

It's practically the case that all the vendors have their own individual file formats to do the same job as everyone else and while there are interchange formats - iges, step, etc they all have quirks based on their individual implementation. With one standardised format things would be so much easier.

This goes for documents - odf v doc v ooxml, spead sheets, web standards, everything.

Standardisation is most important. Let the users decide how they create and access information - the information is open under the standard, how the user creates and reads the file is up to them (open source and free, closed source paid for - the users choice) and with an open standard there would be (probably) more choice.

My tuppence.

Edited 2008-02-22 09:53 UTC

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