Publisher: SAMS, 2000, 177 pages
Keywords: Open Source
The Open Source movement and the success of Open Source operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD has caught many people in the computer industry off-guard.
Into a world dominated by large software corporations marches a large, multi-national group of talented software developers who are motivated by something other than profit. They work with passion and skill, creating excellent software, but then make their work available to anyone who asks.
In this book, you will learn where the Open Source movement comes from and what motivates its adherents. You will be introduced to the culture that fuels the movement, as well as the personalities and organizations which promote its growth. You will also understand the strengths of the Open Source movement and how it changes the way in which sofware is written. In addition, people and organizations wishing to participate in the Open Source world will be given a guide regarding what to do — and what not to do — and why.
You do not need to be a technical wizard to read this book. It does not matter if you are an IT manager, a programmer, or just someone who is interested in new trends in technology. This book will peel away the mystery and misunderstandings surrounding the Open Source movement.
Describes the OSS culture, from an inside perspective.
It is pretty good if you manage to disregard the fanatical overtones, that the author sometimes sinks to.
All in all, one of the few books that tries successfully to describe the OSS culture in pretty plain language.