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[News] Why GNU/Linux is a Preferable Platform for Free Software Programs

  • Subject: [News] Why GNU/Linux is a Preferable Platform for Free Software Programs
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:05:44 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Chris Dixon: Tradeoff Between Open and Closed

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| The paper makes a very interesting point 
| when talking about the open-ness of Linux:
|     For Linux and other platforms, openness 
|     at the sponsor level entails greater 
|     openness at the user level, as it 
|     implies not only nondiscrimination in 
|     platform access, but also in the 
|     process of defining platform standards.
| Allow me to expand on this point:
|     * Open-ness at any âhigherâ level 
|     entails greater open-ness at any 
|     âlowerâ level, and
|     * Closed-ness at any âhigherâ level 
|     entails greater closed-ness at any 
|     âlowerâ level
| The retention of acceptable accessibility 
| is why more often than not, companies based 
| on closed and proprietary practices are 
| unable or unwilling to produce truly open 
| products, protocols or platforms.


Open vs. Closed: What Does Open Really Mean?

,----[ Quote ]
| So, in other words, Windows is open for 
| âdemand-sideâ users and âsupply-sideâ users 
| (developers) but closed when it comes to 
| design and intellectual property, meaning 
| the look and the underlying code canât be 
| changed or used by anyone other than 
| Microsoft. An open-source platform like 
| Linux, of course, is open in every sense of 
| the word. And while the iPhone is open for 
| users, itâs closed to developers and anyone 
| who wants to change the platform. Even 
| these definitions are open to debate, 
| however: Dixon says that some see the 
| iPhone as only partly closed to developers 
| â a truly closed platform wouldnât allow 
| third-party apps at all, as most phones 
| didnât before the iPhone.



NZ school ditches Microsoft and goes totally open source

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| A New Zealand high school running entirely
| on open source software has slashed its
| server requirements by a factor of almost
| 50, despite a government deal mandating the
| use of Microsoft software in all schools.
| [...]
| The implementation uses Ubuntu on the
| desktop and Mandriva for four key servers
| (one firewall, one storage and two KVM
| hypervisors). Mandriva was selected because
| of the ease of using Mandriva Directory
| Server to manage the school's LDAP
| directory, but Brennan said either desktop
| or server OS could easily be replaced.

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