Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software

Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software

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Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software

Ethnographic study of the programmers, engineers, and hackers who have shaped the internet since the 1970s and the battles that have been waged amongst them over the development of open source software.

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ISBN-13: 9780822342649
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 06/09/2008
Series: Experimental Futures
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     1
The Internet
Geeks and Recursive Publics     27
Protestant Reformers, Polymaths, Transhumanists     64
Free Software
The Movement     97
Sharing Source Code     118
Conceiving Open Systems     143
Writing Copyright Licenses     179
Coordinating Collaborations     210
"If We Succeed, We Will Disappear"     243
Reuse, Modification, and the Nonexistence of Norms     269
Conclusion: The Cultural Consequences of Free Software     301
Notes     311
Bibliography     349
Index     367

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