Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Jul 2012 23:06 UTC
In the News Okay, so this is entirely new to me. Sparrow is was an email client for Mac OS X and iOS (and Windows), which brought a decent Gmail experience to these platforms - as opposed to Apple's own not-so-good Gmail support and Google's Gmail iOS application which, well, is just a webpage. Google has now acquired Sparrow, and basically all hell has broken loose, to the point of Rian van der Merwe writing that 'we' lost "faith in a philosophy that we thought was a sustainable way to ensure a healthy future for independent software development, where most innovation happens".
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RE: "the dangers of closed source"
by martini on Tue 24th Jul 2012 02:58 UTC in reply to ""the dangers of closed source""
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But, what to do when you are left "high and dry" with all the investment you made into an specific platform that the author refuses to continue developing it?

OS/2 user here ;)

I see a good way to FUD OSS here, too bad we are used with this kind of techniques in the past. We all understand Stallman's dogmatic approach, but that approach is not related to the OSS movement at all.

Open Source is superior than any other close source software. Not necessary technically, it is superior cause it reduce you the risk to have only one provider. It kills the single vendor dependance for any business.

I just go and visit my COBOL CICS, RPG, PL/I, fox, VisualBasic, Smalltalk, Kylix customers and see how they are screwed right now. What would happen if all that technology would be opened up at its time?

Edited 2012-07-24 03:03 UTC

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There are some OS which got open-sourced like that... Symbian, GEM, CP/M. Didn't seem to help them a lot, with how they were already fading or dying (like OS/2 before it was largely dropped - but you still have support with eComStation).
With such, it's probably better to move as fast as you can on some more lively platform.

With some more crucial software, code escrow is commonly practised, anyway (and quickly checking CICS, RPG, PL/I that you mentioned ...they don't really seem abandoned? Also, Smalltalk implementations are around)

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