Let Freedom Ring? Developer Declaration Promotes Open Standards

Alfonsi, Benjamin
January 2005
IEEE Software;Jan/Feb2005, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p100
Academic Journal
This article presents information on the Developer Declaration of Independence. The Declaration seeks liberation from dependence on proprietary architectures or legacy software controlled by a single organization. It ultimately seeks to achieve a more competitive marketplace by offering information technology (IT) users freedom of choice and providing interoperability among all providers. Although the Declaration's primary purpose seems to be raising awareness about the importance of open standards, as well as calling attention to increasing support in the IT industry for open source software development, the document is not devoid of substantive value. Edmond Cooley, assistant professor of engineering and IT director at Dartmouth College said that it will direct the way individuals and companies interact using open source code. The Declaration contains very clear directives or requirements on the part of the people who choose to participate. The IT Declaration of Independence, and the whole open source movement, is an interesting idea, but it may not be for everybody. For instance, some software developers might feel threatened, especially if there is no apparent financial benefit to them.


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