Coding in the cloud

    I’m wearing my developer’s hat today: When it comes to offering web services or cloud computing, code sharing through GPL is beginning to break down (since you don’t have to share the code running on your servers); and the Affero licence is not proving popular with many developers… meantime Microsoft is producing cool sounding[1] offerings like Azure and Mesh computing, Mac compatibility included.

    A problem for the opensource people: you might be able to build the code, but how do you create a community of commercial cloud-service companies willing to share their improvements?

    About Peter Cruickshank

    Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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