[LINK] Stallman warns against cloud computing
david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Wed Oct 1 10:58:18 EST 2008
It's been said before, on Link:
> Stallman warns that cloud computing is simply a trap to entice users'
> into entrusting their data and computing applications to proprietary
> systems that are beyond their own control and which service providers
> could make more and more expensive for users over time. He doesn't
> trust the vendors.
> He believes computer users should want to keep possession of all their
> own personal data files and software applications, rather than turn
> them over to profit driven corporations.
> "One reason you should not use web applications to do your computing
> is that you lose control," he said. Implicit in his concern is fear
> for potential loss of privacy and even loss of, or loss of access to,
> one's data.
> An outspoken advocate of software freedom, Stallman continued, "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
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