2012/Easy Beats Open: The Challenge of Growing Open Source

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“Open Source, in its majestic equality, guarantees both programmers and non-programmers alike the right to alter and recompile their software.”

The battle for Open Source Legitimacy is largely over: in many sectors, it’s actually the preferred alternative. In the task-focused world that most casual computer users inhabit, however, “open-ness” is a meaningless abstraction and the walled gardens of closed source competitors offer compelling advantages.

In this session, I’ll explore the reasons that people make their choices, point out why “moral arguments” about open source are unlikely to change those choices, and discuss ways that our communities can further the ideals of Open Source without demonizing Grandpa’s iPad.

Speaker: Jeff Eaton

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