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The Kindness of strangers can defeat Proprietary Cloud Computing. Free Software

Apr 30, 2009, 04:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gary Richmond)

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"That is not immediately obvious. Like all good traps it suckers you in before the wire noose tightens around your neck. You don't have any wire cutters in your rucksack but you do have the GPL and free software to effect an escape. Can it save us from vendor lock in and proprietary software?

"What's wrong with proprietary clouds

"The hobbled nature of proprietary software is too well known to need detailed reprising here: cost, interoperability, restrictions on use, licences etc. Yet, when presented with the shiny baubles of cloud computing users can take a rush of blood to the head like lovers in the first flush of romance. They see a useful product, they want it and they are in too much of a hurry to read the small print. Well, we've all done it but that's no excuse. Usually, you read the small print after the website hosting you valuable data has folded, hiked up the costs or you discover it has allowed data mining and search engines indexing the site."

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