Foreigner in a Free Land

Sarai Reader 04: Crisis/Media, 2004

12 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2015

Date Written: October 1, 2004


There is a lot written about the world of Linux, Free, Libre or Open Source Software production. Most of it is gushingly positive and written in a manner that only seeks to promote the benefits of this type of software over the apparently dominant corporate or proprietary forms. Supportive reportage generally posits Floss (Free/Libre Open Source Software) as being more advantageous in terms of personal or community autonomy than are the dominant corporate/proprietary alternatives. The basic argument is based upon the premise that Floss grants to the technologically savvy user/producer greater control over the machine to which their production is tied.

Keywords: Free and Open Source Software, The Commons

Suggested Citation

Hardie, Martin, Foreigner in a Free Land (October 1, 2004). Sarai Reader 04: Crisis/Media, 2004, Available at SSRN:

Martin Hardie (Contact Author)

University of Dili UNDIL ( email )

Dili, Dili 1222
Timor-Leste (East Timor)

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