'Seven These on the and the Becoming of FLOSS':
monoskop.org/images/c/cc/Manso

Originally published in 'The Eternal Network: The Ends and Becomings of Network Culture', edited by and , and published by the Institute of Network Cultures.

Some intriguing thoughts (and nice to be referenced), but I found the seventh section very frustrating. The authors seem to *think* they are discussing both "free software" and "open source", but they are actually only talking about discourse and completely missing the critique of it made by activists:
gnu.org/philosophy/open-source

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"... discussions around FLOSS licensing have remained locked in a tiresome comparison between free software’s emphasis on user ethics versus the open source approach based on economics ... in both cases, the foundational liberal drive is deeply rooted in a Western context that over the past few decades has favored individual freedom in the form of liberalism and libertarianism at the expense of equality and care."

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Ironically the risk of the communal care motives of the movement being obscured by the techno-economic utilitarianism of open source discourse is a core part of that critique.

@strypey
Got an example of "the communal care motives of the FreeSoftware movement"?

(Or, what did you mean by that phrase?)

@bhaugen look no further than the Free Software Definition, which talks about software freedom being important so people can help others.

* Freedom 2: "The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help others"

* Freedom 3: "The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes."

Quotes from:
gnu.org/

@bhaugen or from the same page:

> The free software movement campaigns to win for the users of computing the freedom that comes from free software

Note that the focus is put on empowering software users - the computer-using members of the general public - not on empowering individual developers (whether humans or companies), which tends to be the pitch of open source discourse, and particularly the advocates of pushover ("permissive") licenses.

@strypey
I understand all that, and now I understand what you meant, but "communal care" did not seem like an apt description of those campaigns....that's not an argument, I just didn't get it.

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