Pennington: Open Source and Services
Jul 31, 2006, 22:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"To me open source vs. proprietary isn't a good vs. evil
question, simply two different things with different costs and
benefits. That said, open source tilts the benefits toward users
over software companies, all else being equal. That's why open
source evangelism makes sense.
"Since the Internet appeared, a trend in the software industry
has been toward 'software as a service'; which can be
enterprise-oriented like Salesforce.com or consumer-oriented like
GMail or MySpace. In addition to web sites, it can include the
cable box and cell phone model of automatically-managed software on
a client device..."