Why proprietary software is dangerous for business-critical applications

Posted by alc on Aug 28, 2006 9:23 PM EDT
Newsforge; By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller
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A friend of mine is the IT manager for a medium-sized wholesale distribution business. One afternoon in early August, a hard disk drive in one of his employer's servers started to show signs that it was dying. That hard drive contained the company's (proprietary) credit card processing software, which was chosen specifically to integrate with the company's (proprietary) inventory control and accounting software package.

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