Free Software, Standards and Innovation
Dominant proprietary standards block or even eliminate free competition. In an industry like software, innovation is both:
- Sequential: successive innovations build on previous innovations. Free Sotware can be recombined.
- Complementary: research carried out simultaneously with different approaches increases the probability of success in a given time.
Competition becomes combat when the competitors begin trying to impede each other instead of advancing themselves. Innovation requires free competition.
- Why Software Should Be Free, Richard Stallman - http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/shouldbefree.html