[clug] Internode dumps FOSS for MS Exchange

Lana Brindley lanabrindley at gmail.com
Tue Feb 16 12:43:23 MST 2010

On 17 February 2010 03:35, Robert Brockway <robert at timetraveller.org> wrote:

> On Tue, 16 Feb 2010, Steve Walsh wrote:
>  But, the only "critical need" I can find in any of their blurbs is that
>> they wanted iphones to work natively with their email solution, without
>> having to buy a proprietary plugin to enable it to work.
> That's the key right there IMHO.
> When OSS solutions have failed to work it is virtually always because there
> was a problem integrating with a proprietary solution where the protocol in
> question is not well understood.

Nicely said.

> So to me that boils down to:  Yes you may choose to use proprietary devices
> but then you accept the limitations on interoperability that they impose.
>  These limitations may well limit future options and cost more in the long
> run and if open standards had been used.

Which is just a corporate-speak version of saying "Costly proprietary bits
need more costly proprietary bits", no?


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