"I was invited last week to keynote at the Sixth OpenFOAM
Conference held at Penn State University in State College, PA.
OpenFOAM is a computational fluid dynamics software package
released under GPLv3. I was grateful for this opportunity, because
rarely do I get the opportunity to meet what I think of as
insulated Free Software communities.
"By 'insulated', I don't mean that these communities are naive
in any way. They are, however, insulated from the usual politics of
the general software freedom community. While the users of OpenFOAM
are all familiar with GNU/Linux and other interesting software
freedom packages, OpenFOAM users and developers aren't generally
reading blogs like mine or following the weekly discussions about
copyleft and non-copyleft licensing, or debating with Simon Phipps
what 'Open By Rule' means."