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Re: Please let's not talk about "clouds"

On 04/23/2013 04:00 AM, Richard Stallman wrote:
> But it makes no difference to the users of the service, because they
> have no control over the software in the server in either case.
> That's why SaaS (more precisely, Service as a Software Substitute) is
> always bad.
I just do not agree with this.

If the user isn't happy with the SaaS provider which did some bad
things with what was hosted, then if the SaaS is free software,
the user would have the choice to either set it up by himself on one
of his own servers, or go to see another provider which provides the
same service running the same software or SaaS stack.

What maters too, is where and how the data of the users is stored,
to make sure there isn't any vendor lock there as well.

So yes, it is very important that the SaaS is free software too,
and especially for the users, IMO.


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