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Tux Aubrey
May 28th, 2009, 09:29 PM
A brief but interesting article today on Economist.com

Unlocking the cloud (http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13740181)

I like the opening line: "Open-source software has won the argument. Now a new threat to openness looms."

May 28th, 2009, 11:28 PM
Interesting article. This reader comment pretty much summarizes how I feel about it:

" To be honest, I'm not worried about this. Open-source software did not succeed by campaigning against evil corporates. Rather, commercial vendors know that openness both addresses concern and reduces cost at the same time so they adapt to it. Similarly, data portability in cloud computing is a legitimate concern, and firms will race to solve this problem. The industry is already well on their way to address this issue cooperatively. Like all new technologies and applications, the first waves of users will have to make some choices and some will receive the pain (like HD-DVD users) but this is not at all a threat to openness in computing."