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The open-source movement has become a cause célèbre in light of the widespread adoption of Linux, Perl, and Apache as well as its corporate support from Netscape, IBM, and Oracle--and strongly felt opposition from Microsoft. Open Sources doesn't address why these Microsoft foes are throwing their weight behind the movement. Instead, it focuses on the history and philosophy of open-source software (previously referred to as freeware) as an argument for shaping the future of programming. Open Sources is much larger than just a fight with any one company. Instead, it is a revolutionary call to release software development from the vested interests that label new directions in software development as threatening.
This is not to say that opening the source code is an entirely egalitarian and communistic endeavor. These are programmers and startup owners; they want to be able to continue to program for a living. To that end, Open Sources contains strong business profiles from entrepreneurs such as Apache's--and now, O'Reilly & Associates'--Brian Behlendorf, who discusses how to give away software in order to lure customers in for specialized versions. In many ways, this is a hands-on guide, displaying an insider's view of the development process and providing specifics on testing details and altering licensing agreements. However, interspersed with tech talk is a reader-friendly guide for those interested in the future of software development. --Jennifer Buckendorff
Most people outside of the software industry and probably many within it only associate open source software with Linux, its creator Linus Torvalds, and the Linux companies that... Read morePublished 9 months ago by technicat
Open Sources is a collection of essays related to Open Source development. It was published in 1999, which was a wonderfully interesting time in "open source land" as it had grown... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bas Vodde
It gives one a different perspective to read the essays of the people who are in the midst of the open source revolution, and making a huge difference in the way we live and think... Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by mattallmill
The essays are mostly a retelling of the history of open source software. I find it curious how much was written about Netscape, an enterprise that ultimately failed. Read morePublished on April 8, 2008 by Individual Investor
This book is an interesting window on the Open Source world. It is a strange planet with strange people. Some crazy idealist like R. Read morePublished on October 20, 2001
All the essays are well written, enjoyable, informative and a great read. Anyone interested in open source software, where S/W development might be going and Unix/Linux/GNU... Read morePublished on December 30, 2000 by "arftu"
This book was the first O'Reilly book to contain essays about the concept of Open Source and was later followed by the book, The Cathedral and the Bazaar. Read morePublished on November 15, 2000 by Todd Hawley
Open Sources is a collection of essays by people who have been involved in a prominent way in what is being called "the open source revolution. Read morePublished on June 8, 2000 by "regehr"
Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution is an extremely interesting book about Open Sourcing in the real world consisting of essays by the people on the inside of the... Read morePublished on February 12, 2000 by Robert Wade