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Software Freedom: Pragmatic Idealism?

Sat, Sep 16th 2006: Software Freedom Day, Melbourne

The Free / Open Source Software (FOSS) community is incredibly diverse with a corresponding variety of reasons for participation. At one end of the scale is dreamy idealism, which aims to free all information for the good of mankind. At the other end is economic pragmatism, which sees Open Source as a powerful business opportunity and software development model.

This talk discusses how both ends of the spectrum meet in the middle on common ground, and that Free Software really can be Pragmatic Idealism.