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When We Were Bigger Than We Are Now (Web Site)

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In 1976, Bill Gates wrote a letter, published in the Homebrew Computer Club Newsletter, expressing his frustration at computer hobbyists making and distributing copies of his software without permission or payment. Many were sympathetic to his complaints. But what if they hadn't been? When We Were Bigger Than We Are Now tells an alternate history. WWWBTWAN takes place in a world where Microsoft never took off, leaving Free Software and Open Source to become the norm. The story, told through an alternate reality game played online, explains the issues behind Free/Libre Open Source Software, its reasons and political motivations. It explores how things might have been different and allows users to discover a technical and political position outside that of the commercial software norm.

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