ESR: "We Don't Need the GPL Anymore" (9 tags)
During a recent Brazilian conference on free and open source software, hacker, writer, and speaker Eric Raymond stated that open source would see more rapid success if the GPL didn't make people nervous. Federico Biancuzzi recently interviewed ESR to gain more context for the statement and to explore these views more fully.
Sowing the Seeds of Open Source Advocacy (3 tags)
Advocacy is critical to the spread of open source and free software. Good advocacy can help spread freedom and software quality, while bad advocacy can reinforce unpleasant stereotypes. Good advocacy requires far more than just being right, though. Jono Bacon explores how to approach the message and the audience.
Calculating the True Price of Software (3 tags)
Businesses have long viewed support and maintenance as essential components of software. Open source business models often focus on charging for support and customization. Is there an economic model that can demonstrate the true worth of a piece of software and the option for support, maintenance, and upgrades? Robert Lefkowitz argues that open source exposes the true value of software itself as, essentially, worth less in comparison to support and maintenance.
RMS: The GNU GPL Is Here to Stay (3 tags)
Though some in the open source world claim that the GPL is now unnecessary, RMS and the Free Software Foundation are still working night and day to promote the idea of software freedom. Part of that is a revision to the popular GNU General Public License. Federico Biancuzzi recently chatted with Richard Stallman about the goals and plans and successes of the GPL.
An Introduction to Open Source Geospatial Tools (2 tags)
Geospatial professionals have been the main users and developers of geospatial applications, but the landscape has changed over the past few years as the development of open source geospatial software has matured. Tyler Mitchell introduces some of the most useful of these applications in this article. Tyler will discuss the current state of affairs in the open source geo world at O'Reilly's Where 2.0 Conference, June 29-30 in San Francisco.