Web-Killer 2.0

Carl Howe’s “Microsoft’s Silverlight and Adobe’s Apollo: Web-Killer 2.0” argues that “these proprietary browser extensions break the utility of the World Wide Web in important ways”: Put users into plug-in hell. Create Web ghettos. Don’t provide accessibility. Make search a pain. It’s a great beginning to a real debate about the place of technologies like […]

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Achieving Vendor Lock-In Through Open Source

There seems to be a renewed interest from proprietary software vendors in the use open source to create vendor lock in. This week, add Microsoft’s Silverlight 1.1 and Dynamic Languages Runtime to the mix alongside Adobe’s Flex SDK. Jeff Gould argues that open source has “jumped the shark,” and that: the magical words “open source” […]

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Open Source Flex (MPL)

<Update> It’s worth taking a look at Ed Burnette’s take on this at ZDNet: “Adobe keeps Flash, Flex close to the vest.” Although I am certainly happy to see Adobe moving in the direction of open source, it is good to more closely at the overall picture: what is being open sourced and what is […]

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