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Questions tagged [history]

Questions about the history of open projects, philosophies, and coming to being.

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Licensing of Git(Hub) history

Let's say a Git repository initially has either no license, or an extremely restrictive one, and then a more permissive license (such as the MIT License) is added in a later commit. Does this new ...
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Has the MIT license been “Battle tested” in court?

The GPL has been pertinent to several court cases. We know it is strong because it has been "battle-tested". Can the same be said to be true for the MIT license?
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Can an open source/free alternative put a company at risk? Has this ever happened?

There is a very nice quote by Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa (Spanish writer and inventor) which reads: "El éxito o el fracaso de un invento no depende de a quien beneficia, sino de a quien perjudica." ...
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Are there actual service businesses or freelance orgs for non-programmers to hire devs to update FLO software?

A common statement about the value of Free/Libre/Open programs: non-developers can hire developers to update the software (and not be reliant on a single monopoly control over this service). Does ...
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When did open source begin to get popular? [closed]

Growing up in the 21st century I was not around when Open Source started (or at least not on the computer). This made me wonder: When did the consept of open source projects begin to take off? Was ...
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Examples of companies undercutting smaller companies using FOSS?

When speaking to my friends about FOSS, a common concern comes up that if they release their code under a free and open source license, this might encourage companies to 'steal' their hard work ...
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Was transparency a major factor in the formation of Open Movements?

In Open projects, the source needs to be made available to anyone who requests it. As a result, it is incredibly easy to determine what the source is being used for, what each component does, and who ...
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Does open hardware attract contributors in similar speed as open source software early on did?

This originally sprang out of this Meta question, and then a quick discussion in chat. This question is designed to test the underlying assumption behind the Meta question. It seems to some that open ...
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What is the influence/significance of Emacs to the Free Software Movement?

I've read somewhere that Emacs was important for the development of the idea of Free Software. How can that be if it's just a piece of software? Or is there more to it? There is even a church of ...
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How did the first Linux distribution(s) develop?

In this question I asked why distribution are more common in the Open Source and Linux environment. It seems that a) open source makes the job easier for the distributor as it isn't needed to ask for ...
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Did open source or closed source come first?

Throughout the development of programming itself which came first: open sourced or closed source? Which was more popular? Or did one come after the other?
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Are there statistics showing the usage over time of open source implementations of programming languages compilers/interpreters?

Many programming languages have popular open-source implementations: C, C++, Java, Javascript, Python, C#, PHP. Does statistical data exist that shows how much of the software (open source or not) ...
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Why was open source as a term created, although free software was already established?

Technically open source and free software more or less mean the same thing. They have different definitions, but they result basically in the same thing. So why was the Open Source Initiative founded ...