Free Software, Companies and You
Speaker: Karen Sandler
Type: Talk (45 mins)
Room: Menzies 9
Time: Jul 03 (Sun), 10:00
Free software is a unique social movement in that for-profit companies have a deep interest in the outcome of the movement. Where the interest of companies and free software ideology overlap there is a powerful amplification of effort. Many ideological individuals have become employed writing free software and companies have become an important source of funding for the movement. While for-profit involvement is important and in fact inevitable where free software is successful, we as a community must evaluate the relationships we have with companies. In this talk, Karen will examine these relationships and discuss how they impact the future of free software.