[Fsf-friends] Futility of going after ISO

krishnakant Mane krmane at gmail.com
Fri Apr 18 12:50:28 IST 2008

hello Mr. raju.
perfect suggestion well said.
in the first place why should free standards be slaves of any
standard's organisation which has a reputation of creating standards
for *purely business*.
how does ISO declaring a certain thing as standards relate to freedom.
 afterall a complete free standard (as in freedom ) must not come from
just an organisation but community.  and we need to create some kind
of a system where such a community driven infrastructure can be put in
happy hacking.

On 18/04/2008, CK Raju, Thrissur <ck.thrissur at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear RMS,
> I think its futile to chase ISO anymore. We would only land up
> spending our own creative energy which we can't afford to at this
> pace.
> "    * Market-driven
> ISO only develops standards for which there is a market requirement.
> The work is mainly carried out by experts from the industrial,
> technical and business sectors which have asked for the standards, and
> which subsequently put them to use." .. in their own words at
> http://www.iso.org/iso/about/discover-iso_the-iso-brand.htm
> Why should Free Software Foundation and other like minded
> organisations allow ISO to take over software standards and make it -
> only *market-driven* one ?
> Its not difficult to realise that the *very conditions* that
> necessitated a Standards Organisation to be promoted, are now
> prevalent and omnipresent.
> Why not create another organisation that develops standards for the
> common world citizens to communicate with freedom ?
> Shouldn't we ask ourselves now about this, and try to define the
> *framework* that would set in motion a new organisation which would be
> able to come out with Free/Open Standards after *defining* them  in as
> unambigous terms as possible ?
> CK Raju,
> MES College of Engineering, Kuttippuram
> Kerala,
> India
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