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Maybe software services could harm free software after all

Jul 24, 2009, 20:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Oram)

"In fact, mobile devices are turning into general-purpose systems--but only because SaaS provides the features we're used to.

"But desktop and laptop systems enable one use not available on cell phones and netbooks. Larger-scale systems provide the memory, compute power, screen real estate, and input devices that let us write, compile, and run software. Free software developers want larger and more powerful systems than the ones that the world is moving to.

"If fewer people use desktop and laptop systems, they become premium items with correspondingly higher costs. This may discourage some potential code contributors, particularly young people, from becoming programmers."

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