Open Standards Require FLOSS

The effect of any implementation of a file-system depends on the product of not just the file-structure but all the software that directs its formation, presentation, movement, modification and deletion.“To ensure preservation of digital assets, it is essential that specific file formats are implementable in open source software, concludes Björn Lundell, associate professor at the University of Skövde in Sweden. He recommends this should be made a requirement for digital asset strategies of public administrations, thus minimising the risk of losing control over these assets.” Just ask Björn Lundell. This is just another reason to use FLOSS for everything because it’s the right way to do IT. You gain nothing by having non-Free software mess up what users try to do with IT.

I’ve often dealt with unsophisticated users of IT. They think, “It’s that other OS…” and assume their data will be safe. Meanwhile, M$ keeps changing file-formats to inconvenience those who do not keep plodding along the Wintel treadmill. That was an effective marketing strategy because it shipped units but it’s a terrible way to run IT as the accumulation of decades of digital data must be translated to new file-formats every few years. Tiny errors grow into big ones in the process. Using open standards and FLOSS means the owner of the data can determine entirely what happens to his data. Using open standards and M$’s interpretation of them is a recipe for disaster.

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About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to Open Standards Require FLOSS

  1. oe says:

    Precisely why I went to ODF compliant office suites over a decade ago and TEX for the technical stuff. As “M$ keeps changing file-format” add the latest gambit to change the BIOS standards to lock hardware underneath to their craptastic OS. Good thing ARM’ed based solutions had gained enough steam to foil that attempt to use their decaying monopoly to muscle their way but there is a lot a damage on the x86 side. The first consideration to buy any Windoze 8 equipped system is check for unfettered OS installation capability; otherwise move on. A good reason why open hardware standards for a VonNuemann general purpose computing architecture to resist TIVO’isation is a good idea.

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