Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking
F ree and open- source software (F/OSS) refers to nonproprietary but licensed software, much of which is produced by technologists located around the globe who coordinate development through Internet- based projects. The developers, hackers, and system administrators who make free software routinely include the following artifact in the software they write:
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
While seemingly insignificant, this warning is quite meaningful for it reveals something important about the nature of free software and my subsequent representation of it.