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· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · July
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OSCON - Open Data · Dur­ing the open­ing ple­nary, Tim O’Reilly sug­gest­ed that the im­por­tance of soft­ware li­cens­ing is de­creas­ing. Soft­ware is in­creas­ing­ly a ser­vice, run­ning on the Net, while li­cens­ing to date has fo­cused on what’s run­ning on your com­put­er. He re­port­ed an as­tound­ing re­mark by Stall­man, to the ef­fect that his rad­i­cal no­tions of free­dom are not ap­pli­ca­ble to the ser­vices we all use ev­ery day. Tim asks: What stan­dard of open-ness can we ap­ply to Software-as-a-Service of­fer­ings, to the Googles, Ya­hoos, and Ama­zons of this world? It’s a re­al­ly im­por­tant ques­tion. I think I know the an­swer. [Up­date: In­ter­est­ing follow-up from Tony Coates.] ...
 
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