and cooperation are at the core of the free software movement
which began in its current incarnation by Richard Stallman
when he founded the Free Software Foundation in 1983. Previous
to that most software development had been free until the
corporations who were paying for the research realized the
commercial potential and began destructive and restrictive
to live with the corporate model of software development and
deployment, Stallman dedicated himself to promoting the type
of cooperation and education that was a fundamental part of
early computer programming.
with the development of the linux kernel and the proliferation
of robust, stable distributions of gnu/linux (not to mention
*BSD, Apache, perl, etc.) it's clear that free software is
ready for the mainstream.
main goal is facilitate that process by educating people,
schools, libraries, businesses and government agencies about