What’s a standard…

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As I was working on my latest proposal for the Linux Foundation,  I got this fortune cookie in my takeout.  A reminder,  a standard is only as good as it’s adoption.

2 Responses to “What’s a standard…”


  1. 1 Howard Marks December 8, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    It would be nice if you’d give credit for that quote to it’s original author Andres S Tanenbaum

  2. 2 Mark Cathcart December 9, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks Howard, yes you are right, I thought it was a fun coincidence given I really was working on a proposal in front of my laptop when I broke open the fortune cookie. I”d hear the quote before, a long time ago, it never occurred to me to add the source, thanks for keeping me honest.


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I'm Mark Cathcart, formally a Senior Distinguished Engineer, in Dells Software Group; before that Director of Systems Engineering in the Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell. Prior to that, I was IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. I'm an information technology optimist.


I was a member of the Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative Steering committee. Read more about it here.

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