"But for every person or institution out there too intimidated
by change, too suspicious of anything that's labeled "free", too
brainwashed by advertising, or just too busy to think about doing
anything different -- for each of those there's another person
who's not only FOSS-fluent, but also enthusiastic, dedicated, and
just a trifle selfless. What follows is a story about FOSS
migration and volunteerism, which takes place in an environment of
a complexity virtually unknown anywhere else. Home to brilliant
minds and extraordinary levels of determination, guts and know-how,
dedicated to all the highest aims of our free society; this
institution is at the same time often mired in budgetary shortfall,
bureaucratic delay and, perhaps most pervasive, crushing fatigue.
We're talking about a place where too few of us, once liberated,
ever dare venture again -- let alone actually enter and try to
change anything. That's right; we're talking about the Public
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