The Free Software Song, submitted by Me. What better way to celebrate freedom than by listening to arguably the nerdiest bastard on the planet belt out a tune about free software? Okay, this doesn't really have anything to do with Independence Day, but after hearing this grand old anthem I definitely felt the need to stand up and pump my fist. Repeatedly. Into a face.I wrote the free software song at a filksinging session at a science fiction convention. It was a "bardic circle" session, which means each person in turn around the hall had the chance to either sing or ask someone else to sing. I had just had my turn, and there were 20 or more people there, so I knew it would be a long time before I had another turn. I decided to pass the time writing a filksong. This meant I was not starting with any particular inspiration in mind. I had to look for what to write about and how.
So first I asked myself, what topic should it be about? I realized I had never written a filksong relating to free software, so I figured it was time I did.
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