02 March 2007

No rush for open source technology

"Despite open-source technology outshining the proprietary world of Microsoft for more than a decade, it seems that some customers still like to be controlled by their suppliers.

Maybe it’s a sadomasochistic thing, or the warm glow of reassurance that monolithic suppliers like Microsoft know what’s best for us, allowing us to relinquish control for an easy life.

You may not be all that fussed if the CIA can log in into your computer system and don’t really mind paying for something that never really works properly. But how many of us would buy a car with a bonnet only the dealer could open and worked only on roads he had stipulated we could use?

The truth is you don’t really own proprietary software, you just rent it. You can actually buy open source solutions, and they are yours to do with as you wish."

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