Freedom in the Library

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What software freedom is, what benefits it brings to libraries and society in general. Presented at Kohacon10 (http://kohacon.appspot.com/2010/program/day2.html)

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Freedom in the Library

  1. 1. Freedom in the Library François Marier francois@catalyst.net.nz
  2. 2. software freedom
  3. 3. I non-free software
  4. 4. I II non-free software free software
  5. 5. I IIIII non-free software free software free society
  6. 6. story...
  7. 7. July 17th , 2009
  8. 8. imagine...
  9. 9. How did we get to this point?
  10. 10. How did we get to this point? How did we lose control over our own books?
  11. 11. How did we get to this point? How did we lose control over our own books? When did our book collections stop being ours?
  12. 12. How can Amazon do this?
  13. 13. How can Amazon do this? What can we do about it?
  14. 14. Inon-free software
  15. 15. free·dom: noun ˈfrē-dəm
  16. 16. free·dom: noun ˈfrē-dəm benefits =
  17. 17. free·dom: noun ˈfrē-dəm benefits = freedom itself!
  18. 18. proprietary software
  19. 19. anti-features
  20. 20. features that users hate the most
  21. 21. willing to pay to get them removed
  22. 22. 4types
  23. 23. $1. extracting money from users
  24. 24. $$2. pricediscrimination
  25. 25. Starter Home Basic Home Premium Professional Enterprise Ultimate
  26. 26. community edition ultimate enterprise
  27. 27. community edition ultimate enterprise 1000 records unlimited!
  28. 28. community edition ultimate enterprise 100 patrons 1000 records unlimited! unlimited!
  29. 29. community edition ultimate enterprise 100 patrons 1000 records unlimited! unlimited! 2 tags/record unlimited!
  30. 30. community edition ultimate enterprise 100 patrons 1000 records unlimited! unlimited! 2 tags/record unlimited! (free) only $$$ / month!
  31. 31. $$$3. securing monopolies
  32. 32. standard performance maximum performance! (free) only $$$ / month!
  33. 33. $$$$4. “protecting” copyrights
  34. 34. truth
  35. 35. Digital Restrictions Management
  36. 36. 10,000 people
  37. 37. IIfree software
  38. 38. free software
  39. 39. open source
  40. 40. free as in...
  41. 41. free as in... freedom
  42. 42. free as in... freedom speech
  43. 43. free as in... freedom speech beer
  44. 44. 4freedoms
  45. 45. 1. use
  46. 46. 1. use 2. copy
  47. 47. 1. use 2. copy 3. modify
  48. 48. 1. use 2. copy 4. contribute 3. modify
  49. 49. 1. use 2. copy 4. contribute 3. modify
  50. 50. license
  51. 51. straightforward pleasurable
  52. 52. very long unreadable all different
  53. 53. designed for human beings non-lawyers
  54. 54. over 50%
  55. 55. must extend the same freedoms to others
  56. 56. permissive licenses
  57. 57. give complete freedom to developers
  58. 58. public domain
  59. 59. copyleft online...
  60. 60. Enterprise Koha
  61. 61. Enterprise Koha
  62. 62. Enterprise Koha shared (GPL) not shared
  63. 63. using a web service is not copying
  64. 64. “if you modify the Program, your modified version must offer all users interacting with it remotely through a computer network an opportunity to receive the Corresponding Source of your version from a network server at no charge”
  65. 65. who controls free software?
  66. 66. Q: who can make changes to Koha?
  67. 67. A: anybody
  68. 68. free for all?
  69. 69. reviewed on mailing list
  70. 70. reviewed on mailing list gone through QA
  71. 71. reviewed on mailing list gone through QA accepted by
  72. 72. IIIfree society
  73. 73. open data
  74. 74. data standards open
  75. 75. open access
  76. 76. share preserve knowledge &
  77. 77. free open infrastructure &
  78. 78. promote & protect that freedom
  79. 79. Questions? francois@catalyst.net.nz @fmarier @fmarier
  80. 80. Photo credits: surveillance cameras: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanmcintosh/3744953433/ keyloggers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/robbie73/4853086176/ your music, our way: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fullaperture/430114523/ ministry of truth: http://www.flickr.com/photos/umdrums/4114145376/ blender splashscreen: https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/File:Blender_Splash_2.54.jpg kindle tweet: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bfishadow/4833055122/ book burning pages: http://www.flickr.com/photos/44282411@N04/4141069138/ jail sky: http://flickr.com/photos/edutorres81/2686571658/ 1984 cover: https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/File:1984first.jpg (not CC) jail cell: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sercasey/251142094/ nokia battery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/titanas/2133157073/ hp_cartridge: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dbreg2007/4469239265/ crowd: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescridland/613445810/ new bookshelf: http://www.flickr.com/photos/heipei/3570609850/ clouds: http://www.flickr.com/photos/turtlemom_nancy/2046347762/ traffic jam: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joiseyshowaa/2402764792/ chris cormack: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nengard/1137037006/ broken window: http://www.flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn/2986369502/ burglar: http://www.flickr.com/photos/calistan/3283435946/ dark alley: http://www.flickr.com/photos/roomiccube/3075664322/ hand up: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/2326448445/

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