In a globalized economy, society benefits most from that which is shared. Transparency, auitability, and accessibility of information, science, designs, and implementations allows people to work better (more efficiently and effectively) together. The results are a significantly higher standard for safety, correctness, and robustness of systems.
For this reason, all of my personal projects are free software as defined by the Free Software Foundation (FSF). It also ensures for following four fundamental freedoms:
- The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose.
- The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish. Access to the source code is a precondition to this.
- The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbour.
- The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others. By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition to this.
I am an associate member of the Free Software Foundation (FSF).