Readers of this blog have told me, in no uncertain terms, that open protocols are more important to them than open source.
It's a good point. Knowing how it's done, and having everyone do things that way, gives a buyer more confidence than any old code dump.
Which brings me to 802.11n, and Intel's decision to release product before the standard is finalized.
As a business case this was a no-brainer. In 2003, when 802.11g was new, Broadcom jumped the gun, and swept Intel aside among the OEMs who make up the market. This time, Intel has already won a purchase commitment from Apple. Because DSL access remains stuck at 1.5 Mbps, Intel is pushing the upgrade as a way to move video around the home.
The problem I see is with the standards bodies. Prolonging an argument (and this could go on for another year) only promotes the establishment of quasi-proprietary standards on a standard base. Or maybe I'm just old-fashioned...