“Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking”, by Gabriella Coleman, is free to download in pdf format. Who are computer hackers? What is free software? And what does the emergence of a community dedicated to the production of free and open source software–and to hacking as a technical, aesthetic, and moral project–reveal about the fraught contemporary politics of intellectual law?
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This is “Free as in Freedom 2.0: Richard Stallman and the Free Software Revolution”, a revision of Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman’s Crusade for Free Software. It’s available in pdf format from Free Software Foundation.
The second edition of “Free Software Free Society: Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman” is available as a pdf download from Free Software Foundation.
“The Architecture Of Open Source Applications” is free to read online. If you are a junior developer, and want to learn how your more experienced colleagues think, this book is the place to start. If you are an intermediate or senior developer, and want to see how your peers have solved hard design problems, this book can help you too.
Free 365 page eBook “Tools and utilities in free software” from Free Technology Academy. This book will introduce learners to some of the programs designed for the desktop environments of end users.
Free online book “The Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin” by Peter H. Salus. In addition to covering a history of free and open source, The Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin explores how free and open software is changing the world. It is authored by Peter H. Salus, a noted UNIX, open source, and Internet historian and author of A Quarter Century of UNIX and Casting The Net and other books.
Free eBook “Implementation of Free Software Systems” from Free Technology Academy. This book looks in detail at the methodology used to implement free software systems in organisations and generic scenarios, establishing the main features that will guide the project and its development.
Free eBook “Legal Aspects of the Information Society” from Free Technology Academy. This book contains fundamental information for those who want to understand Free Software and how to contribute and benefit from it in a safe and legal way.
Download free eBook “Getting Started with Open Source Development” from IBM. This ebook is a good starting point for beginners to the open source world.
Free eBook “Economic aspects and business models of Free Software” by Free Technology Academy. This course book is focused on the study of Free Software in relation with the private sector and related economic aspects.
Free eBook “Introduction to Free Software” by Jesús M. González-Barahona, Joaquín Seoane Pascual, Gregorio Robles. What is free software? What is it and what are the implications of a free program licence?
You can download “Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software” in several formats for free. In “Two Bits”, Christopher M. Kelty investigates the history and cultural significance of Free Software, revealing the people and practices that have transformed not only software but also music, film, science, and education.
“How Open Is the Future? : Economic, Social & Cultural Scenarios Inspired by Free & Open-Source Software” can be downloaded in pdf format for free.
Six characters from different backgrounds will help illustrate the uses of Free Software in different settings.
Free eBook “Guide to Open Content Licenses” by Lawrence Liang. This booklet serves as an introduction to the world of ‘open content licensing’, a paradigm that is rapidly emerging as an important alternative to the existing model of copyright.
This book is for general readers and computer users who wish the entire subjects of Open Source and Linux would sit still in one place long enough for them to get a look at it and they do in this book. These general readers are unsatisfied by media accounts and don’t know where to look for detailed information on the Internet.
The intersection of ethics, law, business and computer software is the subject of these essays and speeches by MacArthur Foundation Grant winner, Richard M. Stallman.
“Open Source Democracy: How online communication is changing offline politics” by Douglas Rushkoff. What, asks Douglas Rushkoff in this original essay for Demos, would happen if the ‘source code’ of our democratic systems was opened up to the people they are meant to serve? ‘An open source model for participatory, bottom-up and emergent policy will force us to confront the issues of our time,’ he answers.
Free pdf book from the MIT press. What is the status of the Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) revolution? Has the creation of software that can be freely used, modified, and redistributed transformed industry and society, as some predicted, or is this transformation still a work in progress?
Free book from O’Reilly Commons. Open Sources 2.0 is a collection of insightful and thought-provoking essays from today’s technology leaders that continues painting the evolutionary picture that developed in the 1999 book Open Sources: Voices from the Revolution .
A complete guide to the law of open source for developers, managers, and lawyers. This free book, “Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law”, clearly explains the intellectual property laws that support open source licensing, carefully reviews today’s leading licenses, and helps you make the best choices for your project or organization.
Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution is a fascinating look at the raging debate that is its namesake. Filled with writings from the central players–from Linux creator Linus Torvalds to Perl creator Larry Wall–the book convinces the reader of the overwhelming merits of freeing up the many iterations of software’s source code.
“Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman’s Crusade for Free Software” interweaves biographical snapshots of GNU project founder Richard Stallman with the political, social and economic history of the free software movement. It examines Stallman’s unique personality and how that personality has been at turns a driving force and a drawback in terms of the movement’s overall success.
Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing bridges the gap between the open source vision and the practical implications of its legal underpinnings. If open source and free software licenses interest you, this book will help you understand them. If you’re an open source/free software developer, this book is an absolute necessity.
Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project is a book about the human side of open source development. It describes how successful projects operate, the expectations of users and developers, and the culture of free software.
Free online book “Innovation Happens Elsewhere: Open Source as Business Strategy” is intended for anyone considering using Open Source. It describes what open source is, discusses business reasons for using open source, and describes how an open source project works in a day-to-day manner.
Free eBook “After the Software Wars” by Keith Curtis, an 11-year veteran of Microsoft, believes deeply that open source is the future of software. He takes a programmer’s approach in “Software Wars,” attempting to systematically build a case that software can help pave the way for a 21st-century renaissance in many fields ranging from artificial intelligence (cars that drive themselves) to the human journey into space (space elevators).