We all talk about our Open Source or Free software as a mainstream thing. Today it is certainly hard to see it as anything else. When you find Linux in airplanes, on Wall Streat and in your set-top box it certainly feels mainstream.

Well, an article in The Daily Radical offers a different look—for some, a reminder look—at who we really are. The article is about the Third International Forum on Free Knowledge which was held in Venezuela but it goes way beyond in looking at what is going on in Venezuela.

Pretty different look than "yeah, Linux is mainstream".

The Venezuelan revolution is perhaps the first revolution in history saved by computer hackers and is one of the reasons the government is so very strong on promoting the use of free software, particularly in public administration. The Venezuelan government wishes never again to have vital infrastructure held hostage or sabotaged by agents of foreign nations.