Essays about Open-Source Software

Essays related to Free and Open Source Software.

The Articles List

Open Source, Free Software and Other Beasts

An article that introduces the Open Source world to people who are not very familiar with it.

How to Start Contributing to Open Source

An article explaining in brief how to start contributing to open-source software. I’ve been asked this question a lot.

The GPL, the BSD Licence and Being a Sucker

An essay that explains why contributing to open source software under any licence does not cause you to be exploited by others.

The Linus Torvalds Bus Factor

An essay that explains why it is a good idea to have multiple committers to a central repository in a project, and why overthrowing the project’s benevolent dictator is a good idea. It then touches on some logical fallacies.

FOSS Licences Wars

This article gives an overview of the various options in picking up a licence for one’s Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) project, and tries to give some guidelines choosing one.

Why I don’t trust Non-open-source Software

Explaining why I prefer not to use and depend on non-open-source software.