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Ellison, Stallman on that “thing” called “cloud computing”
September 30, 2008, 5:05 pm
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Selena Frye at TechRepublic cites some interesting comments from Larry Ellison and Richard Stallman (published in an article by the Guardian‘s Bobbie Johnson) on the this thing we keep hearing about, “celestial information computation” or whatever.

Frye: Cloud computing is ’stupidity’ says GNU guru Richard Stallman

Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle:

“The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we’ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do, he said. “The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?”

Richard Stallman, FSF founder/GNU creator:

“One reason you should not use web applications to do your computing is that you lose control,” he said. “It’s just as bad as using a proprietary program. Do your own computing on your own computer with your copy of a freedom-respecting program. If you use a proprietary program or somebody else’s web server, you’re defenceless. You’re putty in the hands of whoever developed that software.”

Amazon and Google are two of the prominent pushers of this cloud computing concept.  With all the talk about Google’s EULA in relation to Chrome (See Google changes Chrome EULA over privacy concerns), you have to wonder if Mr Stallman might have a point there…

In related news, TR’s John Sheesley has a nice rundown on the several definitions of “cloud computing.”

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