A Brief History of Free, Open Source Software and Its Communities

A MUST read article by Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain) introducing the history of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).


Free, open source software (FOSS) has a long history, beginning with the origins of software itself, when the terms free software and open sourcesoftware were not yet defined. Learning about the milestones of this history may help to understand FOSS today.