Publisher: Morgan-Kaufmann, 2005, 402 pages
Keywords: Open Source
It's a plain fact: regardless of how smart, creative, and innovative your organization is, there are more smart, creative, and innovative people outside your organization than inside. Open source offers the possibility of bringing more innovation into your business by building a creative community that reaches beyond the barriers of the business. The key is developing a web-driven community where new types of collaboration and creativity can flourish. Since 1998 Ron Goldman and Richard Gabriel have been helping groups at Sun Microsystems understand open source and advising them on how to build successful communities around open source projects. In this book the authors present lessons learned from their own experiences with open source, as well as those from other well-known projects such as Linux, Apache, and Mozilla.
This is something as odd as a book about the Free and Open Source communities and the possible business use your organization may have by collaborating with them or open up your software. The odd thing is that it is written by Sun people! Regardless of what Mr. Joy and Mr McNealy today says, Sun has never been a F/OSS company in any meaning of the world (and with Oracle today, even less so).
Regardless of the oddity of the books origins, it is extremely well written, with exactly the right tone and detail that any CIO and/or business manager that is contemplating F/OSS software is willing to listen to and respond well to.
Ok, there are details you may criticize, and/or disagree with, but overall, I believe this is a very valuable book, that unlike many other books that tries to reach management about F/OSS actually succeeds.
In short, recommended reading whether you're serious about the subject or just curious.