Message from Tim O'Reilly As anyone who has used any of the excellent O'Reilly technical books, Tim and the company he has built epitomizes smart, involved businesses that bring together companies and customers in valuable conversations. This is what he has to say about Clay Shirky's analysis of Microsoft's HailStorm project:
Clay Shirky has a very interesting article on Hailstorm on OpenP2P.com, at http://www.openp2p.com/pub/a/p2p/2001/05/30/hailstorm.html
He looks especially at how MS mixes decentralization and open access on the client side with strong control of third party development and user data. He explains how we should think of it as an authentication-centric, rather than hardware-centric system.
I'm the publisher of openp2p.com, but I'm just speaking as a reader when I say that this is one of the most insightful technology- as-business-strategy analyses I've ever read. And it's very topical, since the development of the next generation "internet operating system" is one of the key computer industry battlegrounds right now.
The issues that Clay talks about should be very much on the minds ofopen source and free software developers and business leaders.