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LCA2012: Bruce Perens Says Open Source Needs To Do More

Jan 17, 2012, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Benjamin Humphrey)

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"Wearing a suit when the rest of the 500-strong lecture theatre were dressed in shorts, jandals, and old conference T Shirts, Bruce Perens introduced himself by announcing his clothes as a lesson: Linux needs to be more outward facing.

Perens begins his talk by saying open source is a success, and also a failure. The aim of open source was to free computing for the world as users increasingly become slaves to their tools. He gives the iPhone as an example. Part of its function is to not do what you want when that action might reduce the profit of Apple, or a media company, or upset a cellular carrier or the government.

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