Google, why not
Posted May 24, 2007 20:28 UTC (Thu) by jeffw
In reply to: Google, why not
Parent article: A day at the Open Source Business Conference
True, perhaps, but the general case of "application service providers" or "software as a service" has always been around. Arguably, ignoring PCs, it is the most frequently occurring type of software use.
H&R Block started Compuserve in the 1960s to sell computer time on their big systems outside of tax season. The Multics project was started in the 1960s specifically to develop software to run a "computer utility". Tangentially, even Centrex vs PBXs.
Assuming that the "ASP Crisis" exists at all - it is a direct result of the license. Yes the legal situation has changed, and the GPL needs to be updated to reflect the reality in 2007, and the reality globally. But the ASP problem has been around for ever - RMS diddnt need to foresee it back in '92. - it was there. That he diddnt see it is an indication that he isnt quite as perfect as some would like you to believe.
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