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Open source – 19th C. capitalism re-invented ?

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Many businesses today have become existentially dependent on open source software and in some cases (such as Arm) projects to which they must contribute. Since the publication of The GNU Manifesto in 1985 (http://www.gnu.org/gnu/manifesto.en.html) much has changed and open source software development is now more than 80% funded by business. In this talk I will examine open source and open source-based business through a business lens, appealing to simple micro-economic, and well-established legal, concepts. This talk should interest the entrepreneurially minded as well as those intending to join a corporation for those who see their future in shaping open source communities there might be a challenge or two. While the driving force behind my work has been open source software, especially software development tools, I will comment briefly on some issues around documentation and hardware.

This talk is part of the Computer Laboratory Wednesday Seminars series.

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