Last week I published a screed about software politics. I received lots of comments — thank you all for that. The responses were, for the most part, thought-provoking and invigorating. There was one comment in particular which I feel compelled to address. Several people took me to task for saying…


Recently, I was quoted in an interview at uses this saying

I decided to stop using open source software whenever possible and use any available alternatives…

After publication, I received an inquiry asking me to explain my reasoning — and this essay is my explanation. This explanation is narrowly focused…


No GNU

Almost forty years ago, in 1985, the idea of “Free Software” was born. That is not to say that the idea of sharing software with colleagues and making source code available was born. Ten years before the GNU Manifesto and the Free Software Foundation, I worked at a cloud services…

Robert M. Lefkowitz

Software Architect, Retired

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