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|Wed Dec 6, 2000 - 9:37 AM EST - By James Hromadka|
In theory, it's thrilling that you can now use your Visor as a modem, MP3 player, GPS, telephone, Bible reference, etc. But the difference between an open system and a closed one means that more trouble can slip in. That's in part why the closed Napster service is so much more useful and scaleable than the open rival Gnutella, at least so far. Central control is usually a bad thing -- examples for that range from the gates of the Kremlin to the gates of Microsoft, but openness means added complexity.While it's true that anyone can develop modules for the Springboard platform, Handspring works with developers to make sure that their product is ready for the market. Napster works because there is a spirit of community, while Gnutella is "every man for himself."
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