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Evolution and Diversity: The Meaning of Freedom and Openness in Linux

James Bottomley (jejb@steeleye.com)

2007 looks like being the year when Free Software and Open Source finally make their differences (which have been bubbling away under the surface for over a decade) manifest. For all of its differences with "free software", Linux consistently maintains the greatest amount of innovation of any of the Open Source Operating Systems. We'll take a whimsical and offbeat tour of the reasons why this might be so from the point of view of the maintainer of possibly the least popular (certainly the least used) kernel architecture.