A key goal of some open collaboration efforts whether source code or specification oriented is to prevent technical drift away from a core set of functions or interfaces. Projects seek a means to communicate and know that if a downstream product or open source project is held out as compatible with the projects deliverable that product or component is in fact compatible. Such compatibility strengthens the ecosystem by providing end-users with confidence that data and solutions from one environment can work in another conformant environment with minimal friction. It also provides product and solution providers a stable set of known interfaces they can depend on for their commercially supported offerings. .
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News Link: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/blog/2020/07/driving-compatibility-with-code-and-specifications-through-conformance-trademark-programs/.
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