ZDNet: The coders' collective - Is the world ready for a democratically-elected software company?
Nov 16, 2000, 22:44 (4 Talkback[s])
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"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