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Free software enables free science

Paul Gazzillo, Joshua Santana


The principles of free software encourage and enable free science. This talk will cover one academic's experience with free software in academia. The major takeaway is that the principles of free software make for good science. The talk will cover topics on free software development for research purposes, including dissemination and evaluation, as well as teaching, both for supporting education and for teaching about the tools themselves. I will go over (1) how free software has supported my own research by enabling sharing and integration of multiple research projects; (2) how free software is (or is not) used in the academic literature and the effects on repeatability; and (3) how I integrate free software tools in my own courses.


4 years, 3 months ago

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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


The views of the speaker may not represent the Free Software Foundation. The Foundation supports the free software cause and freedom to share, and basic freedoms in the digital domain, but has no position on other political issues.