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Monday, April 04, 2016

MIT Media Lab Changes Software Default to Encourage Open Source

MIT pushes free and open source, in Medium:

The MIT Media Lab is part of an academic ecosystem committed to liberal sharing of knowledge. In that spirit, I’m proud to announce that we are changing our internal procedures to encourage more free and open-source software.

Previously, software releases using free and open source licenses were approved by an internal committee. But since we’ve always allowed our developers to open-source their work, we’re eliminating the unnecessary hurdle: from now on any open source request will be viewed as the default and automatically approved. We respect the autonomy of our community members and will continue to let them choose whether to release their software as proprietary or open. But removing the open source approval step will level the playing field. ... " 

Conceptual Map of the FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software). Source: VARGUX via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ConceptualMapFLOSS.png

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