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Why our economy fails public goods like free software

This talk is titled "Why our economy fails public goods like free software," and was presented at LibrePlanet 2022 by Aaron Wolf.

Aaron is co-founder of Snowdrift.coop and a long-time free software and free culture activist. In his day job as an independent music teacher, he pushes his students to use free/libre tools and release their music under free licenses.

This talk is a discussion of the economic distinctions between private goods, club goods, commons, and public goods; and why software freedom struggles to get economically supported.

Slides: https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/m/why-our-economy-fails-public-goods-like-free-software-slides/


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.