"Open Standards - Red Hat strongly believes that fostering open standards and encouraging innovation decreases dependence on a single suite of applications and on a single vendor. Therefore, Red Hat supports the adoption and promotion of open standards that are available free from any licensing, royalty payments, or other restrictions, and that are implementable by multiple vendors on multiple platforms. Ideally, such standards are developed through a transparent and vendor-neutral process. Red Hat is very pleased that the EIF v2.0 adopts these same principles regarding open standards. The company also commends the IDABC for resisting pressure to broaden its definition of "open" standards to include standards that contain intellectual property for which a developer must pay a royalty. Such standards, which generally benefit only one proprietary vendor, do not meet the generally accepted definition of "openness" and should not be promulgated as such."