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.
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.
Table of Contents
- A Brief History of Hackerdom
- Twenty Years of Berkeley Unix: From AT&T-Owned to Freely Redistributable
- The Internet Engineering Task Force
- The GNU Operating System and the Free Software Movement
- Future of Cygnus Solutions: An Entrepreneur’s Account
- Software Engineering
- The Linux Edge
- Giving It Away: How Red Hat Software Stumbled Across a New Economic Model and Helped Improve an Industry
- Diligence, Patience, and Humility
- Open Source as a Business Strategy
- The Open Source Definition
- Hardware, Software, and Infoware
- Freeing the Source: The Story of Mozilla
- The Revenge of the Hackers
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Number of pages: 280
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