If IBM were content to have the platform dictate the licensing of the application running on it, Red Hat and IBM could credibly call the solution "open." But I haven't seen IBM lining up to change its Lotus licensing to an open-source license. IBM licen
There will always be proprietary software, but its era as top-to-bottom lock-in may be over, declares the Open Source Initiative president and a Red Hat executive.
The new MacBook Air has a large dose of proprietary engineering, making it a challenge for users to tinker with the internals, according to iFixit. But, to be fair, Apple has done this in the past.
The Open Source Business Conference offers terrific content, but it may simply be training the proprietary world how to create distribution efficiency sans the freedom found in open source.
Matthew Szulik says computing customers increasingly are rejecting proprietary products that lock them to a particular supplier.
XML standards body OASIS ratifies WS-Security as a standard, considered a milestone in making Web services a viable alternative to proprietary security systems.
Rights-management schemes are threatening to put customers under proprietary lock and key. And critics warn that Microsoft is gaining too much power, from multimedia to corporate memos.
A News.com reader writes that now might be a good time to help Microsoft lock itself into a corner by using free, better alternatives to its proprietary, half-baked solutions to old problems.
Bowstreet Chairman Frank Moss says the major platform vendors may talk a good game but their words belie a naked power grab. The intention: to create yet another proprietary lock-in.