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Code sans frontièresMatthew Aslett, July 14, 2008 @ 10:19 am ET
“Software should have no nationality, nor even a collection of them,” writes Dana Blankenhorn in his slightly odd post today about the SQO-OSS (Software Quality Observatory for Open Source Software) project.
“Calling software European, as opposed to American or Burmese, sounds like an effort at exclusion. And a claim that your quasi-nationalistic project is the measure of quality strikes me as a way to set oneself apart,” he adds.
I’m not sure what Dana’s so upset about but it seems to me that the European Commission is well within its rights to promote the software industry in its own back yard. SQO-OSS is a European Commission-funded project focused on developing a suite of software quality assessment tools for open source software.
Amongst its goals are “to assist European software developers in improving the quality of their code, and to remove one of the key barriers to entry for open source software by providing scientific proof of its quality.”
As the code produced is open source, as Dana himself notes, the result of the European Commission-funded research and development is available everyone, whether they happen to be European or Asian or African or Australian or North or South American or Antarctican.
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