Category: 4.2 Open Source (Society)

  • Open Source Explained lecture in TUM lecture series on digital sustainability

    Open Source Explained lecture in TUM lecture series on digital sustainability

    Today I had the pleasure of giving a talk about open source in the TUM lecture series on digital sustainability, organized by Alexander Pretschner of TU Munich, bidt, and TU Wien. The talk was in German and streamed, but not recorded. Below please find my slides.

  • Open source and the hyphen

    Open source and the hyphen

    You may have seen the repeated fights over whether open-source software should be spelled with a hyphen or not. It just flared up on Wikipedia, again. The rules are clear, in my opinion. Still, the situation is a misery. First things first: If “open source” is used as an adjective (attribute) in front of a…

  • Open source is not the infrastructure of modern society…

    Open source is not the infrastructure of modern society…

    Cloud services are the actual infrastructure. Open source is the blueprints and building materials of our digital infrastructure. Infrastructure should be built from open source, but it is important to understand the difference between software and a service, because there is a person in the middle, the one operating the service. There will be no…

  • Whose open source freedom is it anyway?

    Whose open source freedom is it anyway?

    It is 2021 and there is still a lot of fighting about “freedom” in open source software development. Here is an analytical breakdown of the issues. Freedom can refer to people or artifacts (source code). When it refers to people, it is typically freedom of choice regarding what to do. There are three main roles…

  • Open Source and Public Policy (Slides)

    Open Source and Public Policy (Slides)

    In this talk, I explain the significance of the software industry for a country’s economy and how to strengthen it using open source. It is directed at public policy makers and the general public. This is the slide deck of a previously posted video. The deck is also available as a PDF for download.

  • Open Source and Public Policy (Video)

    Open Source and Public Policy (Video)

    In this short video, I explain the significance of the software industry for a country’s economy and how to strengthen it using open source. It is directed at public policy makers and the general public. Next to the Youtube embed, there is also an ad-free version courtesy of FAU, my main employer, as well as…