. . . what have you got to lose?
If you’re looking for a good Sunday read, Pamela Jones of Groklaw — who could be an outstanding journalist masquerading as a paralegal, or a paralegal who is one of the best journalists ever — outlines the Oracle-Google dustup in her Friday post here.
There’s a lot here and there’s more to it that what most folks, me included, have speculated. Have a read and we’ll pick this up tomorrow.
With all the doom and gloom over the recent financial meltdown where bankers and stock speculators are making it difficult for the rest of us while getting a free ride from the government (it’s best you not get me started), you might think that this event alone would be a sign of the apocalypse.
Here’s the real sign that the end is near: Richard Stallman and Larry Ellison agree on something, namely the fact that the nebulously phrased “cloud computing” is a farce.
Late last month, the Guardian published an interview with Stallman saying, in effect that cloud computing “is a trap” and that Web-based programs like Google’s Gmail will force people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that will cost more and more over time.
I can see that, and Stallman outlines his case in textbook Stallman throughout the article.
However, later on in the same article, Oracle’s chief oracle Larry Ellison — reading from the article — “criticised the rash of cloud computing announcements as ‘fashion-driven’ and ‘complete gibberish’.”
Ellison continues: “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?”
Good question, Larry. And since now RMS and Ellison are in agreement, do you think it’s time to head for the hills?
(Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs HeliOS Solutions West in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)