I’ve been reading First Monday for several years now. It’s probably the only academic journal that I take the time to scan every single time a new issue is released. As you might imagine, I was felt honored to be asked by Sandeep Krishnamurthy to submit a set of reflections on Free and Open Source Software’s from a "where have we been, where are we going" perspective for a upcoming special issue of First Monday on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).
First Monday has published or republished some of the most important articles on FOSS — both academic and non-academic — over the last few years and this issues tries to highlight many of the best pieces.
Overall, Krishnamurthy puts together a solid collection. My only critique is that I felt that at least one piece from someone on the Free Software side of the Open Source/Free Software divide would be essential to a complete collection. I found it conspicuously missing.
Thinking along these lines, I could not help but remember that Eben Moglen’s Anarchism Triumphant: Free Software and the Death of Copyright was published in First Monday early on and I’m sad that it was no included. I understand that Moglen’s piece is more radical and less "academic" than others but I’m not convinced it would be any more out of place than the Raymond’s The Cathedral and the Bazaar which was included. While less visible, Moglen is at least on par with Raymond in terms of the impact and importance of this thought in the FOSS world.
Moglen’s piece was one of the two articles that first brought FM to my attention and, whether you agree with it or not, it is a controversial and important piece. The other article on FOSS that I an think of in relation to FM was George Dafermos’ Management and virtual decentralized networks. Looking at again, I’m not sure it’s aged very well (or perhaps I haven’t aged well in relation to it) but I was happy to see that it make it in.