Subject: Clay Shirky on hailstorm
From: "Tim O'Reilly" <>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 10:05:14 -0700

Clay Shirky has a very interesting article on Hailstorm on,

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, 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 of
open source and free software developers and business leaders.

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