Bruce Perens

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Bruce Perens (2009)

Bruce Perens (* 1958 ) is an American computer scientist. He is considered the personality of the open source and the free software movement .


He is a former project leader for Debian , the lead author of the open source definition , a founder of the nonprofit Software in the Public Interest (SPI), and a co-founder of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Perens left OSI in 1999 after a year and distanced himself from the term open source in an email with the subject It's Time to Talk About Free Software Again . Because of his prominent role, he was the only natural person listed by the Free Software Foundation Europe as a supporter of its We Speak of Free Software campaign . But soon he was talking about open source instead of free software.

Perens is the editor of Bruce Perens' Open Source Series at Prentice Hall PTR. Because of the success of Ubuntu since 2005, his project for a Linux distribution UserLinux is to be regarded as a failure.

Bruce Perens was also the first to advocate open source hardware and was involved in developing the first open source hardware license, the TAPR OHL in 2007.

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Web links

Commons : Bruce Perens  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ It's Time to Talk About Free Software Again
  2. We're talking about free software
  3. State of Opensource ( Memento from November 4, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  4. im-endorsing-bernie-sanders-because-of-what-ive-learned-from-open-source ( Memento of the original from December 5, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  5. transcript of all comments ( Memento of April 18, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), on by Bruce Perens
  6. ^ Ars Technica: TAPR introduces open-source hardware license, OSI skeptical .
predecessor Office successor
Ian Murdock Debian Project Leader
April 1996 – December 1997
Ian Jackson