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Rock and roll bands and free software projects: A comparative analysis

Pamela Chestek

Bands get together, they perform, they make records, members shuffle in and out. They often don't have any kind of formal agreement or legal entity, or sometimes they were put together by a producer who made all the decisions for the band. Then things fall apart, members split off, they have a falling out with the producer, someone thinks they are more deserving because they contributed more, sometimes one or more going forward as the One True Band. Bands have been around a long time, free software not as long. The session will compare the two types of organizations for similarities and differences to see whether there is anything interesting to learn.


6 years, 8 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.