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Posted November 16, 2000
This book is a collection of essays by various authors who are involved in either distributing Open Source Software or are proponents of it. Authors like Tim O' Reilly, Eric Raymond, Jim Hamerly of Netscape, Bob Young of Red Hat Software, just to name a few. Linus Torvalds also weighs in with a great essay about Linux. The essays all discuss different concepts in the Open Source world. Everything from marketing it (as in the Bob Young-Red Hat essay), to the decision to make public the source code for a product(Freeing the Source- The Story of Mozilla), and even a 'histories' of hackers (by Eric Raymond) and UNIX (by Marshall Kirk McCusick), just to name a few of them. I really enjoyed the essays and found it fascinating to learn more about the 'Open Source world.' I have to admit there's something satisfying in knowing that there is 'free' software available for the PC and I have a choice between getting that or having to pay large sums of money to acquire similar software from some huge corporation! A fascinating book about a fascinating subject.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.