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Open the window and close the door

For a software, being open means using open standards to define the
interfaces with other products making them plugable with your

Sadly, this seems to be a weak strategy since the biggest vendors of
today have built their strength on the opposite one.

For a standard (or pseudo standard), being open means that anyone
(willing to pay an entrance fee) can participate and that the anyone
else may still have a look through the window.

A standard can be both open (in the standard meaning) and closed (in the
software meaning), but is it really the good strategy for a standard?

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