Christopher Tozzi, Contributing Editor

October 21, 2017

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To say that the free and open source software community has faced its share of controversy is a huge understatement. Indeed, fierce debate among hackers — about both technical issues and philosophical ones — has played a pivotal role in shaping free and open source software communities over the years.

Here’s a look at some of the biggest controversies to affect projects like Unix, GNU, Linux and more.

For more on the history of free and open source software, check out Christopher Tozzi’s new book, For Fun and Profit: A History of the Free and Open Source Software Revolution.

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Christopher Tozzi

Contributing Editor

Christopher Tozzi started covering the channel for The VAR Guy on a freelance basis in 2008, with an emphasis on open source, Linux, virtualization, SDN, containers, data storage and related topics. He also teaches history at a major university in Washington, D.C. He occasionally combines these interests by writing about the history of software. His book on this topic, “For Fun and Profit: A History of the Free and Open Source Software Revolution,” is forthcoming with MIT Press.

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