Bloomberg has opened its API, providing a Software Development Kit (SDK) so developers can import Bloomberg’s financial market data into any application. This is cool. It shows the idea of openness in IT is mainstream. The short-sighted thinking that one must charge money for everything is giving way to providing a lot for free in order to generate/support a larger core business. M$ has been doing that for 20 years to lock-in users. FLOSS has been doing that even longer. It works.
It was only a few years ago one could not visit many web sites with client computers having certain browsers or certain operating systems. Now anything goes. There is a lot less room/tolerance for arbitrary restrictions/monopoly these days. It’s all good. Anyone appreciating openness will use FLOSS for their IT. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux because it gives me maximum control of my systems with a minimum of effort using open standards.