[odf-discuss] GNOME Foundation Statement on ECMA TC45-M
jdub at perkypants.org
Mon Nov 26 08:10:46 EST 2007
<quote who="Ian Lynch">
> Precisely. Learn the politics. In the end it's just as important as the
I *KNOW* the politics, Ian. I have spent years committed to Software Freedom
and GNOME. Please do not assume that I am somehow naive about the issues
here. However, as explained in my email above (right where you snipped), the
politics are simply not relevant to the ISO process. In fact, they harm our
> > You're likely to disagree with that. That's okay. But when we start
> > pitching, say, an unencumbered, Open and Free video codec to ISO (which
> > would be a massive win for Freedom), be aware that the "only one
> > standard" argument would *massively* hurt us in that mission. An ISO
> > standard for video already exists, and it's horrifyingly encumbered.
> Different arena. Win one battle at a time.
Successful battles are built on those fought before. Read what I wrote
again. By pursuing the "one standard" argument, we are setting a very bad
precedent for future battles. I'm not willing to exchange short term wins
for long term failures.
> If you think we can avoid engaging M$ politically I think you are very
> much mistaken.
I don't think we can avoid engaging Microsoft (please don't write "M$", it
is immature and pointless) politically. What I explained in my email is that
politics has no bearing on the ISO standardisation process.
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