On the Sustainability of Free Software


Erik Albers / FSFE

A definition of software sustainability is introduced and its characteristics. It is shown how the inherent characteristics of Free Software are sustainable as well as their impact on IT infrastructures. Software obsolescence is explained and the possibilities of using Free Software to save natural resources by extending hardware usage lifetime and through energy consumption savings. Finally, four politically necessary directives for a more sustainable digital society are outlined.

the FSFE demands the publication of a device's underlying source code under a free licence 30 at the end of support for any software necessary to run or modify the initial functioning of the device.

1. Elsewhere

1.1. In my garden

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