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The following headline caught my attention a few days ago when I saw my Twitter client pop it up in the corner of my screen (see, microblogging is a good thing): onsaas HEADLINE: Richard Stallman On Cloud Computing: Stupidity – http://onsaas.info/46jazx It links to a blog post by Serdar Yegulalp on the Informationweek’s Open Source […]

The following headline caught my attention a few days ago when I saw my Twitter client pop it up in the corner of my screen (see, microblogging is a good thing):
OnSaaS onsaas HEADLINE: Richard Stallman On Cloud Computing: Stupidity – http://onsaas.info/46jazx
It links to a blog post by Serdar Yegulalp on the Informationweek’s Open Source Weblog. In this post Serdar reacts on Stallman’s rather strong opinions on Cloud Computing recorded in an interview published in the guardian.co.uk.
The headline of this interview provokingly reads:
Cloud computing is a trap, warns GNU founder Richard Stallman
Web-based programs like Google’s Gmail will force people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that will cost more and more over time, according to the free software campaigner

Richard Stallman is the founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the GNU Operating System. He basically opposes all proprietary software technology. Another citation from the interview:
It’s stupidity. It’s worse than stupidity: it’s a marketing hype campaign.
With these words, Stallman means that cloud computing is a trap aimed at forcing more people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that will cost them more and more over time.
I am using Google’s applications more and more, and I am feeling quite the opposite of trapped. I feel liberated. I am free in choosing when and where I access my documents and e-mail, free in the choice of device that I use, and free of worries about the safety of my documents (backups are a thing of the past).
Sure, I am putting much trust in The Cloud, but trust is a value I am choosing to rely on for anything I do on the web. Without trust, the web wouldn’t have evolved into what it is today.
I would definitely and confidently move Carl Bate’s slider a good way to the right.

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