March 3, 2016

FOSS History in Retrospect: 3 Generations of Open Source Coders and Users

It's 2016, and open source is everywhere you look. The norms, forms and faces of open source have changed so much, in fact, that they seem to signal the rise of a new generation of open source programmers. Here's why. 

Lest I ruin anyone's day by appearing to spread falsehoods on the Internet, I will note that the idea of generations is a construct. ...That said, generations are a useful concept for measuring cultural change. If you look at the history of free and open source software from this perspective, I think you can identify three distinct generations.

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