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ZDNet: The coders' collective - Is the world ready for a democratically-elected software company?

Nov 16, 2000, 22:44 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

"Even one of the more interesting recent events in the world of open source and free software has a political slant. FreeDevelopers.net, which recently earned the endorsement of Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation, is trying to rewrite the book on corporate culture, and its cornerstone project is an electronic voting system."

"The organization plans to evolve into a commercial software vendor in which every developer votes for the group's leadership and on major policy decisions. Furthermore, all the developers will be equal co-owners, and the company will restrict itself to producing software under the GNU General Public License. At least that's the plan. For now, FreeDevelopers.net consists of a Web site and about 300 people on Internet mailing lists."

"The spark plug behind the organization is Tony Stanco, a former senior securities attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Stanco espoused the same philosophy and dogma as Stallman during a recent interview, referring to the "immorality of proprietary software" and the need to "defeat" it. According to Stanco, some of his inspiration also comes from good old American pride."

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