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  • Introduction: Open Source Software and the Digital Commons

    Benjamin J. Birkinbine

    Chapter from the book: Birkinbine, B. 2020. Incorporating the Digital Commons: Corporate Involvement in Free and Open Source Software.

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    This introductory chapter provides conceptual grounding for understanding the relationship between free (libre) and open source software (FLOSS) communities and capitalist firms. I begin by contextualizing FLOSS within the broader history of software development. I discuss the emergence of FLOSS and the unique features of its development model as well as the underlying ethos that guided the free software movement. Next, I position FLOSS as a digital commons and distinguish between different approaches for understanding the commons. The chapter also includes notes on methodology as well as an overview of the remaining chapters.

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    Birkinbine, B. 2020. Introduction: Open Source Software and the Digital Commons. In: Birkinbine, B, Incorporating the Digital Commons. London: University of Westminster Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16997/book39.a
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    Published on Feb. 26, 2020

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    https://doi.org/10.16997/book39.a