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InfoWorld: Service-based software paradigm touted [Andy Hertzfeld's O'Reilly keynote]

Jul 19, 2000, 21:57 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In 10 years, people will not believe that businesses were once staked on software code that they could not control," said Andy Hertzfeld, a former Apple designer and a founder of Mountain View, Calif.-based Eazel, which provides subscription-based system management and file management services."

"[The product model] leads to the feature bloat that we've seen," with users getting 10 features they do not need for every one that they do, Hertzfeld said. Open source software leads to innovation, he stressed. "You can't innovate when [code] is owned by proprietary interests," Hertzfeld said. "When the code is open, it's the code that wins."

"Open source has to learn how to make programs easy to use for non-technical users," Hertzfeld said. ... Hertzfeld also stressed that the Mozilla open source browser project is crucial, to ensure that browser standards stay free."

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