ďWell-defined technical specs available at no cost online, created via a transparent process, by multiple parties, with no royalties, no discrimination, and extensible via a well-defined process.ĒLater he says:
We donít want to mandate open source software. That would be counter productive.This is a good point. Other countries have mandated open source software in the past. It hasnít always been successful. Better to create the right climate to let software flourish than to dictate what people use.
All we want is a level playing field for software, based on mandated compliance with open standards, as you would expect in just about every other marketplace.The commercial world often has a better understanding of this than government.
Open source software will succeed on its own merits, just as it has on the web ó which is perhaps the aspect of the digital world most dominated by open standards, but itís already dominated the mobile world, the cloud, the supercomputer and the emerging Internet of Things.