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IBM developerWorks: Open source advocacy -- Selling free software to the uninitiated

Feb 29, 2000, 00:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Maya Stodte)

[ Thanks to Russell C Pavlicek for this link. ]

"In the open source community, it is generally understood that there are three kinds of advocating, each kind having its own goal and tactics. Based on talks and documents from advocacy gurus Eric Raymond, Russell Pavlicek, and Barry Caplin (as well as an exclusive interview with Raymond), we will take a look at each kind of advocacy in detail."

"Advocates for open source generally fall into three groups. You might be a hacker working with a group of conservative engineers and wanting to get the word out to co-workers (Russell Pavlicek has some suggestions for you), or you might already be part of an open source project in the office -- perhaps underground -- and need to get the word out to management to secure financial or official support (Barry Caplin has some pointers for you). Or you might be what Eric Raymond calls a "meme hacker" working for the greater good of corporate culture and the world by convincing everyone to convert every piece of software to open source and to do it yesterday. These are the three kinds of advocacy we'll explore in this article."

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