Beyond Free Beer: Is Using Open Source A Matter Of Choosing Software or Joining A Political Movement?


Is becoming a developer of open source the most effective way to deploy open source applications? Or can users and deployment be separated cleanly from programmers and development? We will revisit the story of “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” in laying out how open source software is typically developed, but also consider the many other different support and development models out there. The important feature of open source is the licence; but the second most important thing is how the communities work on the ongoing development of the software. Is working with enterprise solutions from Red Hat or IBM the long-term answer, or is it an attempt to stifle true open source? This talk will attempt to look beyond the free beer of open source for UK HE and FE institutions.


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