[clug] Internode dumps FOSS for MS Exchange [SEC=PERSONAL]

Roppola, Antti - ABARE/BRS Antti.Roppola at daff.gov.au
Tue Feb 16 21:25:08 MST 2010

Chris wrote: 

> Yeah, so this is really what it boils down to (which I ask a few times
in my articles).
> Is our focus on competing for market share, or just making cool free

> If it's the latter, then it doesn't matter if anyone else uses free
software or not.
> If we're competing for the former, then it does matter.

But it does matter as software is increasingly about connections and
communications. There's no point having cool free communication software
if none of your friends can talk to it. This is not a problem as long as
there are feature filled, robust standards being followed, look at how
SMTP/POP fuelled email as the first Internet "Killer App".

Hence the Big Deal about non-proprietary standards such as the recent
debates about encumbered codecs and the resurgence of Walled Gardens.

I suppose the question is then about integrating with other vendors
without cutting off your own nose.


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