Welcome Steps Toward Openness
Hear that rumble? That's the noise of customers demanding that IT providers support open standards.Hear that rumble? Thats the noise of customers demanding that IT providers support open standards. In the past few weeks, weve seen user demands result in some welcome steps toward a more open computing environment. We argued last October that it would be a bad idea for the World Wide Web Consortium to allow patented technologies licensed under reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms to be included in Web standards. As a response to the feedback it received, the W3C last month issued a new draft of its patent policy, now recommending that patented technologies be allowed only in Web standards when royalty-free. This is the right thing for the Web, and we applaud the W3C for changing its mind.
Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Craig Mundies announcement at last months RSA security show that Microsoft would document and allow free use of its Windows 2000 Kerberos extensions is more of a mixed bag for users.