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[News] Free Software Has a Way of Capitalising on Fog Computing

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Has a Way of Capitalising on Fog Computing
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 13:43:22 +0100
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Cloud Computing: Good or Bad for Open Source?

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| Ideally, what we need is a completely open 
| source cloud computing infrastructure on 
| which applications providing people with 
| things like (doubly) free email and word 
| processing services could be offered. Now, 
| it's clearly not possible to create the kind 
| of huge facilities that Amazon, Google and 
| Microsoft are building around the world. Not 
| even Mr Shuttleworth, with all his millions, 
| could sustain that for long without charging 
| somewhere along the line. So simply running 
| open source programs like Eucalyptus is not 
| going to work. The trick here is not to 
| fight the battle on the opponents' terms, 
| but to come up with something completely 
| different.


Open source to reset IT expectations

,----[ Quote ]
| The Neochange, et al, survey also asks, 
| "What is the most important factor for 
| realizing value from enterprise software?" 
| The answer "Gaining user buy-in and ensuring 
| effective usage to deliver business impact" 
| garnered a 71.7 percent vote. That's more 
| easily achieved with open-source software, 
| in particular, which allows enterprises to 
| evaluate and use software long before they 
| opt to purchase support or add-on 
| services/software (if, indeed, they ever 
| elect to do so).



The people's cloud

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| John Suffolk's (the Cabinet Office CIO) generously replied to my questions
| posed in last week's blog. G-Cloud is 'go' and it will be a Private Cloud,
| based on Open Standards and will use a mix of proprietary and (free?) open
| source software. All I reckon is left it to see whether it's stitched
| together by Microsoft's technology or Red Hat's.
| [...]
| Our great Free, Open Source guru Richard Stallman dislikes the Cloud concept.
| He sees it as a way to hand over your freedom to proprietarists and to get
| locked into someone else's computing paradigm. Many including this author
| agree with him. Below though is a manifesto for a 'good' cloud that would
| benefit the businesses and citizens of the UK without loss of rights and
| freedoms.

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