The History of Free and Open Source Software

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The free software movement is almost twenty years old, and the more recent open source designation is now five years old. By their very nature these movements are out of the control of any company, organization, or nation--they are really a collection of individual efforts forming a larger whole. And so the history of free and open software is really just a collection of individual stories. Help build this history by joining in: how did you get involved?

These stories will be permanently archived by the ECHO Project and made available to future generations. If you would like, your story will also appear on the Free and Open History of Free and Open Source Software site.

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