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Full notes and links: http://lifeofaudrey.com/2016/06/23/third-wave.html
In thirty years, free/open source software has gone from being an ideological challenger fighting the mainstream software industry, to being a central part of nearly all software currently released. How did we get here? Does that mean the FOSS movement won?
We’ll step through the historical context of the formation of the Free Software Foundation, which created the GNU General Public License that all other open source licenses grew from, to the ways that the aims of the Open Source Initiative shifted that movement into an explicitly for-profit corporate direction, and how these directives have led to certain crises around the use of unpaid labor, the failure of the “meritocracy”, and critical infrastructure being underfunded.
The talk will conclude by talking about the most promising aspects of the emerging third wave movement, including efforts to build software in the open in a way that supports all contributors, and to address long-standing sources of social homogeneity and inequality.