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The open source movement is a worldwide effort to promote an open style of software development more aligned with the accepted intellectual style of science than the proprietary modes of invention that have been characteristic of modern business. The idea is to keep the scientific advances created by software development openly available for everyone to use, understand, and improve. The very process of open source creation is highly transparent. This book addresses prominent projects in the open source movement, along with its enabling technologies, social characteristics, legal issues, business venues, and public and educational roles.Read more
- Includes extensive references to scholarly literature, journals, and on-line sources to allow reader to further pursue topics
- Includes extensive glossary to provide quick look up of technical terms
- Examines open source from multiple perspectives to give the reader a broad view of the field
Reviews & endorsements
"Provide[s] a well laid out review of the open source movement, including its technologies, policies, and impact and implications.... Overall, this book ties together the many interlocking pieces within the development and history of the open source movement."
A. Hollister, State University of Cortland, CHOICESee more reviews
"The authors lay out the issues around a variety of open source topice in a clear, accessible prose."
Michele Tepper, Resources
"... A thorough effort... One of the most rigorous treatments of the social, legal and economic aspects of open source I have come across. I found the language used in the book accessible and inviting to readers from a range of backgrounds, both technical and non-technical. I recommend this book for anyone interested in open source and ideal for readers new to it."
The British Computer Society
"This book, is a recommended as a comprehensive introduction to the free software/open source ecosystem."
Andrew Katz, Magazine of the Society for Computers and Law
"This book should be useful to anyone using open source software technology or defining policies for it."
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- Date Published: November 2007
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521707411
- length: 382 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.51kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Open Source - Internet Infrastructure, Platforms, and Technologies:
2. Open source Internet application projects
3. The open source platform
4. Technologies underlying open source development
Part II. Social, Psychological, Legal, and Economic Aspects of Open Source:
5. Demographics, sociology, and psychology of open source development
6. Legal issues in open source
7. The economics of open source
Part III. Free Software: The Movement, the Public Sector, and the Future:
8. The GNU project and the free software foundation
9. Open source in the public sector
10. The future of the open source movement.
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