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 BjÃ¶rn Lundell, associate professor at the University of SkÃ¶vde 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 BjÃ¶rn 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.