Hello, world

Several years ago, someone asked me to which of the many religion in the world I adhered. Anyone who knows me knows what a silly question this is to ask me, but knowing my affinity for all things Free/Open Source Software, I quickly answered, “Fosstafarian.”

That stuck. That’s on my Facebook page under Religious Views (along with Political Views: People’s Front of Judea). Whenever asked this truly-none-of-your-damn-beeswax question, “Fosstafarian” is my response. Depending on who’s asking, an explanation normally follows, but not always.

So what’s a Fosstafarian? As far as I’m concerned, a Fosstafarian can be described by one or more of the following statements.

If you believe that the wider digital world should remain free and open, and that any threat (however remote) to close it is something to be opposed and fought, you might be a Fosstafarian.

If you believe that the differences between Free Software and Open Source is not the wide abyss some make it out to be, and there is far more that unites Free Software and Open Source advocates than divides them, then you might be a Fosstafarian.

If you call it “GNU/Linux” or “Linux” — or “BSD” or “Unix” — and you don’t care if someone calls it something else, then you might be a Fosstafarian.

This blog, which jokingly is referred to as part of Larry the Free Software Guy’s League of Extraordinary Blogs, will deal mostly with some of the more philosophical aspects of Free/Open Source Software and Hardware and will run on Thursdays.

See you on Thursday.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy, Fosstafarian, Larry the Korora Guy, and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and develops business software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)