Do We Need Another Monoculture?

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. <http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2009/11/20/google_chrome_os/>

    Forgetting, of course, that if we have more than one, then it can’t be a
    monoculture, can it?

    Yes, they’re going to lock down the off-the-shelf distribution to prevent
    customers freely adding software from other sources. But it is still Open
    Source, so you should be able to “jailbreak†your phone/netbook/whatever as
    simply as, say, booting it off a customized OS image stored on a USB flash
    drive. And the vendor isn’t going to see that as a security hole and put out
    a patch to block it.

    At least, that’s how I expect it would work.
     
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Nov 21, 2009
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  2. In message <4b0767d2$>, vitw wrote:

    > On Sat, 21 Nov 2009 15:30:33 +1300, Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:
    >
    >> At least, that’s how I expect it would work.

    >
    > Google's motto is (presently): Don't be evil.
    >
    > Interpretation: Don't be visibly evil to the detriment of shareholders.


    Certainly if they try to pull a Tivo, there will be a lot of people
    displeased.
     
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Nov 21, 2009
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  3. Lawrence D'Oliveiro

    ~misfit~ Guest

    Somewhere on teh intarwebs vitw wrote:
    > On Sat, 21 Nov 2009 15:30:33 +1300, Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:
    >
    >> At least, that's how I expect it would work.

    >
    > Google's motto is (presently): Don't be evil.
    >
    > Interpretation: Don't be visibly evil to the detriment of
    > shareholders.


    Google will rule the world one day. It might pay to be careful what you say,
    they have lots of data storage space.....
    --
    Shaun.

    "Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's
    warm for the rest of his life." Terry Pratchet, 'Jingo'.
     
    ~misfit~, Nov 23, 2009
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