There Is No Open Source Community
Subject:   Maybe it is open standards that are important
Date:   2006-01-20 14:57:50
From:   richfish
Interesting article. I am wondering though whether there isn't a bit of chicken-and-egg problem here. Your basic assertion seems to be that without the internet, there would be no OSS. Maybe the reverse is also true...without OSS, there would be no internet. It seems that many of earliest OSS projects were clients and servers built to implement the open standards of the internet: smtp, ftp, dns, nntp, and so on. Without those open standards, what sort of computer networks would have arisen, if any, and would they have supported the kind of free-flow of information that made large-scale collaboration possible?