It’s Not All Drum Circles and Kumbaya: How Free and Open Source Software Really Works
Professor Megan Squire
Department of Computing Sciences
Monday, March 20
4-5pm (Reception 3:30-4pm)
Manchester Hall 241
- If FLOSS is such a freedom-loving, horizontal, democratic process, why does Linus Torvalds call himself a dictator and curse at his developers so much?
- Why is FLOSS development done on Github and Slack when those products aren’t even “open source” themselves?
- Is it true that the FLOSS developer community is 98.5% male, and does this point to underlying problems?
- Why does FLOSS even matter anymore since everything is on The Cloud and even if you have the source code you can’t really run it?
Takeaways include: a deeper understanding of what FLOSS is, insight into the promises and challenges presented by FLOSS, and inspiration for future software engineering research directions.