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Free For All - How Linux and the Free Software Movement Undercut the High Tech Titans

Peter Wayner

Free For All - How Linux and the Free Software Movement Undercut the High Tech Titans,
Peter Wayner

1. Acknowledgments

2. Version Information

3. Battle

3.1 Sleeping In
3.2 Suits Against Hackers

4. Lists

4.1 Free Doesn't Mean Freeloading

5. Image

6. College

6.1 Speaking in Tongues
6.2 Cash Versus Sharing

7. Quicksand

7.1 Breaking the Bond
7.2 In for a Penny, in for a Pound
7.3 AT&T Notices the Damage

8. Outsider

8.1 A Hobby Begets a Project that Begets a Movement
8.2 A Different Kind of Trial

9. Growth

9.1 The Establishment Begins to Notice
9.2 Making it Easy to Use

10. Freedom

10.1 Free Beer
10.2 Copyleft
10.3 The GNU Virus
10.4 Is the Free Software Foundation Anti-Freedom?
10.5 The Evolution of BSD
10.6 The Price of Total Freedom
10.7 The Synthesis of "Open Source"

11. Source

11.1 The Bishop of the Free Marketplace
11.2 They Put a Giant Arrow on the Problem
11.3 How Free Software Can Be a Bazaar or a Cathedral
11.4 Open Source and Lightbulbs
11.5 The Source and the Language that We Speak

12. People

12.1 Icons
12.2 Flames

13. Politics

14. Charity

14.1 Charitable Open Source Organizations
14.2 Gifts as a Cultural Imperative

15. Love

16. Corporations

16.1 Fat Cats and Alley Cats
16.2 The Return of the Hardware Kings

17. Money

17.1 Cygnus--One Company that Grew Rich on Free Software
17.2 How the GPL Built Cygnus's Monopoly
17.3 Snitchware
17.4 Bounties for Quicker Typer-Uppers

18. Fork

18.1 Forks and the Threat of Disunity
18.2 BSD's Garden of Forking Paths
18.3 Flames, Fights, and the Birth of OpenBSD
18.4 Temporary Forks
18.5 A Fork, a Split, and a Reunion

19. Core

19.1 Debian's Core Team
19.2 Apache's Corporate Core

20. T-Shirts

20.1 World Domination Pretty Soon?

21. New

21.1 Shareware Is Not Open Source and Open Source Isn't Free
21.2 Would You License a Car from These Guys?
21.3 Other Professions Were Open from the Start
21.4 Copyright, Tool of Dictators

22. Nations

23. Wealth

23.1 Wealth and Poverty

24. Future

25. Glossary

26. Bibliography

27. Other works by Peter Wayner




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