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  • #16
    From wikipedia:

    A monopoly (from Greek monos μόνος (alone or single) + polein πωλεῖν (to sell)) exists when a specific person or enterprise is the only supplier of a particular commodity.[1] Monopolies are thus characterized by a lack of economic competition to produce the good or service and a lack of viable substitute goods.[2]

    There can be no monopoly in an open source standard because the good is not tied to a single vendor.

    IMHO every vendor should agree on a single open standard, which would make the lifes of developers and users much easier. That rarely happens though, a thus forks are born.

    The same applies to the linux kernel and other such components. It would be so much better if the stuff that impacts compatibility was all open standards, and the different implementations could change everything, but not touch compatility...

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Figueiredo View Post
      From wikipedia:

      A monopoly (from Greek monos μόνος (alone or single) + polein πωλεῖν (to sell)) exists when a specific person or enterprise is the only supplier of a particular commodity.[1] Monopolies are thus characterized by a lack of economic competition to produce the good or service and a lack of viable substitute goods.[2]

      There can be no monopoly in an open source standard because the good is not tied to a single vendor.

      IMHO every vendor should agree on a single open standard, which would make the lifes of developers and users much easier. That rarely happens though, a thus forks are born.

      The same applies to the linux kernel and other such components. It would be so much better if the stuff that impacts compatibility was all open standards, and the different implementations could change everything, but not touch compatility...
      But you cannot really fork standards, and having a single engine certainly generates the lack of competition between implementations.
      It's not a monopoly in its economic definition, but it has the same drawbacks.

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