The launch of Facebook’s open graph protocol is fueling the debate over whether it is better to be open vs. closed. But the ultimate answer may be that it depends. Being open can benefit a company in some ways, while being closed is better in others.
Any debate between open or closed systems has to touch on open-source software and the ways companies are attempting to build code as a community effort while profiting off of it in some way. I talked to Mark Shuttleworth about how Ubuntu walks that line.
Open vs. Closed. It’s a story that has been at the heart of the technology industry for most of its modern history, and it exposes issues that are crucial to the industry’s evolution, with giant companies on either side of the equation jockeying for position.