When Free Software Isn't Better – Benjamin Mako Hill – LibrePlanet 2013


Slides and recording of a talk given in Cambridge, Massachusetts at LibrePlanet 2013 hosted by the Free Software Foundation.

Despite the rhetoric, free software isn’t always better than proprietary software and it isn’t always particularly collaborative. Indeed, social science has shown that most free software projects are small and and the work of a single hacker. In this talk, I will walk through some of the academic research on FLOSS, and explain why free software “failures” are not something we need to be ashamed of or to hide and are something that we — as a community — can address and work toward!

[The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of the Free Software Foundation.]