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Funambol's CEO Sees AGPL as Essential for FOSS in Cloud Computing's Future

Dec 10, 2008, 20:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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""If we want open source to thrive in the future," Capobianco warns, "We need to make sure it applies in software as a service. You need a license that preserves copyleft in the cloud world."

"Capobianco's conclusion is the result of 15 years' experience with FOSS. His first encounters with the community occurred when he was a graduate student at the University of Pavia in Italy. There he met Alessandro Rubini, the writer of the Linux mouse driver and the co-author of Linux Device Drivers. "I observed him working on Linux, and the work he did with the community," Capobianco recalls. "People worldwide were helping him with the device driver and doing testing. And I loved the idea of open source and community."

"When Capobianco graduated and began his career as what he calls "a serial entrepreneur," he took his interest in FOSS with him. At companies like Internet Graffiti, the first Italian Web company, and Stigma Online, an information portal with major Italian customers, he used FOSS to build the company's back ends. And even during a stint at Reuters, which employed no FOSS, he was still using Solaris, GNU/Linux's cousin in the family of Unix operating systems."

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