—Mitchell Kapor, President and Chair, Open Source Applications Foundation
"The most comprehensive and objective book on free and open source software and the open source development process I have yet encountered. This book contains a fabulous collection of previously unpublished articles by top researchers and practitioners who are close to the phenomenon. The authors approach the topic from multiple perspectives: individual motivation, software engineering, development practices, business and economics, the law, and society. Individual articles are scientifically rigorous, yet free of jargon and accessible to non-specialists. But most of all, they are fascinating! Anyone who is striving to understand—or is simply curious about—the many dimensions of free and open source software should read this book."
—Carliss Y. Baldwin, William L. White Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, coauthor of Design Rules: The Power of Modularity
"An excellent international and interdisciplinary repository of the latest research and thinking on free and open software movements and practices. With this intellectual miracle, the editors and contributors pave the way to a new open science paradigm."
—Claudio Ciborra, London School of Economics and IULM, Milan, author of The Labyrinths of Information
"From fringe movement to multibillion-dollar market, free software shows how new modes of production and distribution will change technology, and transform society, in the 21st century. This book contains the words of those who made it happen, those who study why it happened, and those who ineffectively resisted the most surprising social movement of our time. An indispensable introduction to the how and why of the free software revolution."
—Eben Moglen, Professor of Law, Columbia University, and Founder, Free Software Foundation
"Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software is the most comprehensive collection of writings on open source software that I have seen. The authors tackle the difficult questions that surround its success, from what motivates developers to write software for free to how companies can incorporate the best of the open source model into their environments."
—Martin Fink, Vice President, Linux, Hewlett-Packard
About the Author
Brian Fitzgerald holds the Frederick A. Krehbiel II Chair in Innovation in Global Business and Technology, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of Limerick, Ireland.
Scott A. Hissam is Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.
Karim R. Lakhani is a doctoral candidate in management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, and cofounder of the MIT Open Source Research Project.