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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Richard Stallman vs Cloud Computing

According to the Guardian, Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation and the GNU project, said:

One reason you should not use web applications to do your computing is that you lose control ... It’s just as bad as using a proprietary program. Do your own computing on your own computer with your copy of a freedom-respecting program. If you use a proprietary program or somebody else’s web server, you’re defenceless. You’re putty in the hands of whoever developed that software.

Richard says that using web-based programs like Gmail is “worse than stupiditiy.” On the other hand, Google also lets you export data in several services, which is a way to prevent data locks (though for better or worse you may still be hooked on “must have” features, e.g. if Gmail would deliver something you feel you can’t work without anymore).

[Via Reddit.]


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