Free and open source software isn't the easiest thing to understand. But it's worth making the effort.
Some of the best software available is open source, but non-proprietary software has enemies as well as friends. If the Obama Administration expects to achieve its ambitious, technology-based policy goals, it would be wise to publicly declare its support for FOSS.
Software that could be freely edited existed long before proprietary programs became the norm — but then it largely disappeared. When source-available, "free and open software" (FOSS) reemerged in the marketplace, it did so in a manner that was novel from both a social as well as a legal perspective. Today, it is an increasingly important part of the information ...
Successful FOSS projects are invariably based upon a delicate balance of power between individual developers and corporate interests — a mutually beneficial relationship that does not always develop. In two recent blog entries, I gave my views on how that feat can best be achieved at the open software support foundation just launched by Microsoft.
Dan Brown is renowned for spinning tales that weave together ancient events and contemporary intrigue with potentially dire modern effects. I guess he does OK, considering what he has to work with. But next time, he should look into standards (what the hell?)