There was a computer.
There were terminals.
There were users.
… and the users had freedom.
to learn and modify for yourself.
to copy and share.
to modify and share modified versions.
They built licensing walls.
By separating the software from the computer.
Who Invented Licensing?
As the majority of hobbyists must be aware, most of you steal your software. … [If] software is something to share … You prevent good software from being written.
Job at MIT’s AI lab in late 1970s and early 1980s.
Programming their PDP–10!
In the Golden Age.
RMS founds GNU project.
Founded on idealism.
Paid non-profit staff.
Those projects remain community-oriented …
… but most are software-developer-oriented.
By the mid 1990s, proprietary software was the default.
Programmers who didn’t want to use proprietary software had to write their own.
Focus on developer tools (because they needed that first).
But for users … ?
Meanwhile, users are harmed too.
Most software uses a contract EULA.
Copyright, which governs software anyway, can do this.
FLOSS slowly goes toward for-profit corporate interest.
Project decisions are made by companies.
For-profits act in interest in shareholders.
Those who care most about software are usually not shareholders.
Corporate sponsorship are common.
But for-profit control of projects can be dangerous.
Interests only align sometimes with community.
USA 501(c)(3) non-profits act in interest of the public good.
Software freedom is best when in public good.
Non-profit orgs (NPOs) are best place for software freedom.
Help leadership with non-technical decisions.
Travel to conferences.
Handling Google SoC and other philanthropy programs.
Conference invoicing and contracts (like this one).
Stipends and paid development contracts for developers.
There weren’t any of these in your conference bag:
There won’t be a mind reader at the reception Friday:
Things are never egregious like that.
More about watching IRS non-profit rules & ensuring compliance.
Evergreen is the only Conservancy project led primarily by its users.
This is important for the future
Trademark transfer from Georgia Public Library System.
Ensuring compliance with the GPL.
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