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[News] Economist Says Free Software Won the Argument, Fog Computing the Next Peril

  • Subject: [News] Economist Says Free Software Won the Argument, Fog Computing the Next Peril
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 23:18:11 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.9
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Unlocking the cloud

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| Open-source software has won the argument. Now a new threat to openness looms
| 
| [...]
| 
| But now there is the danger of a new form of lock-in. “Cloud computing”—the 
| delivery of computer services from vast warehouses of shared machines—enables 
| companies and individuals to cut costs by handing over the running of their 
| e-mail, customer databases or accounting software to someone else, and then 
| accessing it over the internet. There are many advantages to this approach 
| for both customers (lower cost, less complexity) and service providers 
| (economies of scale). But customers risk losing control once again, in 
| particular over their data, as they migrate into the cloud. Moving from one 
| service provider to another could be even more difficult than switching 
| between software packages in the old days. For a foretaste of this problem, 
| try moving your MySpace profile to Facebook without manually retyping 
| everything.           
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http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13740181


Related:

Life after cyber-death

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| But thanks to improvements in desktop versions of Linux, we can now do 
| something better. 
| 
| Apart from being able to run easily on clunky old machines, the great thing 
| about Linux is the way thousands of the world’s most professional programmers 
| have volunteered their spare time to improving the breed—with nothing to gain 
| save personal satisfaction and the respect of their peers. Thanks to their 
| efforts, there’s recently been a flood of slick desktop versions of the 
| rugged open-source operating system.     
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http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10500554
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