In my last post I mentioned Free Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS). Many people don’t know what FLOSS is, but it’s really quite simple. FLOSS is software that anybody can see and that they are free to change to suit their needs. FLOSS is programs that that don’t cost an arm and a leg and a first born son. Examples are Linux, OpenOffice.org, GIMP, Apache Web Server, MySQL, and many more.
FLOSS is a disruptive technology - change in what had become a static world. Change is always disruptive. Look at the impact of automobiles on society. Or aircraft, or computers. Society seems to go through periods of change, followed by a plateau of status quo. So, we’ve had a period of status quo with computer programs that were “owned” by corporations, and the use of them was sold to the public. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that software is even being patented - a very questionable practice considering that software is actually mathematics applied very quickly. And the quickly is due to hardware, as much or more than it is due to software.