sometimes i believe people who write sommething and then give it titles
like : “the developer declaration of independence” must live somewhere
between here and mars. this paper, while i’m not talking about wether i
agree with them or not, calls for open standards and propagates that
openstandards and the freedom of the developer can only be achieved by
getting rid of the “monopolistic tendencies” of the big software
what’s the problem you ask ? well, let’s take a look at who is a member
of the open group that released that exact paper. names that jump the
eye are : IBM, Novell, Oracle and Sun. Even the SCO group. Yes, even the
vole itself. for these companies every patent and every secret they own
is a liscence to print money. so i get the impression that some hippies
in the open group celebrate their comittment to the free flow
information while it’s actuall members sit in the background, silently
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I thought the real stumbling block was getting shelf exposure for indies
(as well as coping with demanding work).. the community overall is quite
open IMHO.. of course Half-Life2’s makers will keep secrets, but isn’t
that their competitive edge?
I’m wondering If I missed the point of your post..
my point is that i feel that there is a “slight” discrepance between
what the OpenGroup stands for and what it propagates and on the other
hand what it’s members stand for
I think that Sun shoudn’t be messed here ‘cause most of their work is
INEED free. This includes the J2SE, J2ME, all the specifications and
documentation plus the online books and etc.
In the same time it’s no harm for anybody that Solaris and J2EE are paid
cause they’re pretty proffesional tools anyhow.
For the rest, i agree.
There is a big difference between a company and the people who work for
the company. So while some of those companies may be closed-fisted money
grubbers, I am sure that the employees who are working on the open stuff
really do agree with what they preach.
Ed has got a serious point. We cannot declare independence because we
need them. The founding fathers could live self sufficiently in their
new world. We need hardware designers and fabricaters, and as much as we
may detest them we need the marketing people. It is folly to declare
independence from that which we are hopelessly dependent on.