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Decoding Liberation: The Promise of Free and Open Source Software (Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture) Hardcover – August 14, 2007

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ISBN-13: 978-0415978934 ISBN-10: 0415978939 Edition: 1st

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As Open Source software continues its successful penetration of mainstream business practice and economic thought, we’re at risk of losing sight of a critical part of what Richard Stallman meant when he said the ‘free’ part of free software is like free speech, not free beer. In Decoding Liberalism, Samir Chopra and Scott Dexter recapture and extend a part of the conversation that will ultimately be much more important than business models, patent and copyright law, or total cost of ownership for a piece of software. What does the open source model offer to political, artistic, and scientific freedom, and thus to the human enterprise of creativity beyond the guts of a computing machine? Their book is an eloquent, thoughtful, adventurous, and exciting dive into what really matters about changing the rules of code.—Steven Weber, author of The Success of Open Source

An exceptionally well-written and conceptualized work on an underexplored area of computer science. Summing Up: Highly recommended.Choice

[A] unique, important, and sympathetic examination…Decoding Liberation unpacks the history, ethics, political economy, and aesthetic practice of free software production. Chopra and Dexter examine FOSS as a philosophically inspired social movement built by hackers and wrought through the creation of technology. There is a philosophy and politics to all technology, as the authors repeatedly point out, but FOSS practice makes these more explicit and more visible in ways that make it an ideal target for their interdisciplinary analysis. A technologically grounded and philosophical evaluation of technical practice and artifacts, Chopra and Dexter’s approach is an effective and deeply appropriate fit for FOSS.Minds and Machines

This would be a very useful text for students looking to cover the literature on FLOSS, particularly those from a science background who wish to know more about the social and philosophical side of software development.Theory, Culture & Society

It is the rare work in this space that I can recommend equally to the novice and expert, but Decoding Liberation is one. Additionally, individuals from a broad range of disciplines will be able to find something that resonates here. This is perhaps the work's chief value: because it is accessible to so many, it has the potential to spur further discussion on these issues in a way that many works could never expect. Decoding Liberation is a remarkable collaboration that invites further debate.Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies

As the first sustained philosophical treatment of the Free and Open Source Software movements, Decoding Liberation achieves one thing for certain. By covering broad areas of the philosophical landscape—political philosophy, aesthetics, ethics, and philosophy of science—Chopra and Dexter have shown the range of FOSS issues that can be informed by philosophy. In opting to paint with a broad brush, they have, I believe, opened many spaces for critical dialog.APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers

About the Author

Samir Chopra is Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science and Philosophy at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Scott Dexter is Professor of Computer and Information Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

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Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture
  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415978939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415978934
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,333,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
In this book Chopra and Dexter provide a unique survey on the nature, effects, and promise of Free and Open Source Software. The economic analysis is by far the best I have seen, as is the discussion of open source governance. Although those specific topics have been discussed elsewhere, they are connected to wider topics including the economic aspects of Free and Open Source Software.

Additional discussions include aesthetics and creative aspects of software design relationship to computer science and so forth,

I would highly recommend this survey to anyone interested in the significance of Free and Open Source Software.
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