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[News] Free Software Facilitates Choice (Proprietary Software Does Not)

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Facilitates Choice (Proprietary Software Does Not)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 00:37:00 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
No Open Source Application Is an Island

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| A key value proposition for open source solutions is the so-called ecosystem 
| that can form to deliver compelling customer value. Unlike the closed model 
| of, say, a Microsoft, not all solution components need be provided by the 
| same vendor. The open nature of the products - in theory, at least - allows 
| for a level of integration typically difficult to achieve with proprietary 
| systems from competing vendors.     


The Internet must not be proprietary

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| There is an important lesson which can be drawn as a string through a host of 
| recent stories, from Comcast and Cox Cable throttling BitTorrent to Verizon 
| doing the SiteFinder thing to  depredations concerning the iPhone and open 
| spectrum.   



Class action over carrier-locked iPhone 

,----[ Quote ]
| Apple is being sued by another iPhone customer, this time over the inability 
| to use the phone with carriers other than AT&T, and high international 
| roaming  charges. 


Symantec says Vista will "reduce consumer choice"

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| Paden believes that the presence of this control panel will confuse
| people who want to install third-party security products. "It would be
| like trying to drive a car with two dashboards. This is going to cause
| a great deal of consumer confusion," Paden said in a statement.


Google talks Vista with the European Commission

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| The company recently sent a top executive to Brussels to let the EC know
| that Google is concerned about "choice" in future Microsoft products.


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