Free and Open Source Movements: Part 1 - History and Philosophies

George Siemens, elearnspace, Mar 04, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article is well worth reading as it provides a concise survey of the history of free and open software spiced with quotes from the major players - such as Stallman, Raymond and Torvalds - in the movement. As the article notes, "The climate in software development in 1984 is being mimicked in education today - closing doors, content as individual property, proprietary offerings, and for-profit challenges to the education environment." The second part of this article, due March 8, "calls for a similar revolution in the field of educational content and will announce the formation of an organization committed to fostering Open Source content development."
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