Open standards are a vital piece of any corporate or government organization's Linux strategy. Why? The open source development process and its open code format do not guarantee your ability to freely choose a technology solution. It’s only half of the equation: If the cost of moving from one open source solution to another is prohibitive, you’re just as locked in to open source as a closed source solution. Only open source combined with open standards delivers freedom of choice.
For Linux users there is a widely supported open standard -- the Linux Standard Base -- that offers corporate/government IT a no-cost solution delivering freedom of choice. So why exactly should you care about Linux standards?
For IT users of Linux, it’s very easy to support open standards for Linux. You should simply mandate open standards-compliance into your procurement contracts with your software vendors and ISVs. Many organizations have done this in the past with Unix’s POSIX standard, but the LSB covers a much wider range of functionality. By stipulating this compliance in your contracts, you’ll ensure portability.
Here is sample legal language you can use as a guide for your procurement contracts: