A couple of lessons on the hazards of proprietary software
Posted Aug 10, 2006 4:48 UTC (Thu) by elanthis
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Indeed, the problem here is *not* proprietary software, but proprietary formats and "software as a service" business models. I have used many proprietary software packages in which all the user data was stored in accessible formats.
Licensing which requires continual payments should always be looked at with fear. The Dr. Notes example could be an even worse story; the company could have gone out of business, and the new monthly passwords could have been gone forever even if the clinic had been willing to pay increased rates.
People need to be careful with any system, open source or not, which does not allow the ability to backup and process the user's data with other software. I could create some sort of online service using nothing but Free Software (and release all of my custom code, scripts, and even configuration data), but if there's no way to get your data out of that service, then the second my server goes down you've lost.
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