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Re: Emacs Webapp/Plugin

From: chad
Subject: Re: Emacs Webapp/Plugin
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:49:01 -0700

On Jul 31, 2012, at 3:32 PM, Richard Stallman <address@hidden> wrote:

> As for the server, isn't that what Freedombox is for?

Freedombox looks (to me) like it's more about open, secure, private 
communications infrastructure, rather than Free compute servers.  There is some 
overlap, and maybe there are plans to expand Freedombox, but as an example, 
Freedombox would be aimed more at making sure users aren't trapped in gmail, 
yahoo, facebook, and twitter, while Joakim is talking about making sure users 
and developers aren't trapped in Google App Engine or Amazon Web Services.

As computing usage moves out of the office and onto mobile devices, quite a lot 
of desired computing activity is moving into free-not-Free and cheap network 
services that are (currently) opaque and encumbered. For many of these 
services, the source code is open, but the service itself is closed, ala 
TiVo-ization. Quite often, developers use these services (Google or Amazon) 
simply because the Free alternatives either don't exist or are much more costly 
(in time and money).

I hope that helps,

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