[ubuntu-uk] Free vs non-free drivers etc
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Thu Nov 16 10:43:48 GMT 2006
Rob Beard wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I was wondering if I could get peoples general opinion on free vs
> non-free drivers etc.
I have just attended a BCS talk/discussion on Open vs Closed:
Title: The ‘Open versus Closed’ Debate 14th November 2006
The talk will cover the open versus closed source software debate,
plus disclosure of vulnerabilities in security, copyright versus
creative commons-style licensing and patents in standards.
Is Open Source software more secure than closed source? Is it better
to have digital content controlled by DRM mechanisms or in an open
Are proprietary data standards or open standards better for the
computer industry? Are open communications channels a benefit to the
free flow of ideas or simply a channel for spam? Does anonymous access
to send and receive information promote freedom of speech or encourage
the dissemination of illicit material?
Many of the controversial issues about how to design and use computers
and communications systems today can be characterised as an "open" vs.
Dr Andrew Adams of the School of Systems Engineering at The University
IIRC the speaker was generally in favour of openness, however, the
issues are by no means one sided. Business models can fail if an item
goes open under minority conditions, and can also fail if remaining
closed when incredibly widely used. It seemed that a streetwise mix of
open and closed approaches was likely to endure in the market, and the
evening helped me to respect some closed source situations. I
concluded personally that my love of openness is healthy and I will
keep it, along with an awareness of practicality - some closed items
offer real benefit for some maybe worthy businesses.
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