What does the open source revolution really mean? Where did it come from? Where's it going? How can you participate -- and how can you leverage its benefits? These are the questions Embracing Insanity seeks to answer.
Russell Pavlicek, Compaq's Linux evangelist, writes to business people and others who do not find it self-evident why expert developers are willing to contribute their high-value technical expertise as volunteers to projects they will never be compensated for. He explains how the open source movement has gotten to where it is today, then gets to the heart of why it works: the geek culture, the geek community, and its commitment to truth and technical expertise.
Pavlicek briefs business people on what to do in order to succeed with open source projects -- and, even more important, explains what not to do. Think of it, Pavlicek says, as traveling to a foreign country: You are encountering a different culture, even though its adherents may share the same elevator ride with you every morning. Pavlicek helps businesses decide which source code to open and which should stay closed; and helps tham navigate the complexities of today's myriad open source (and quasi-open source) licenses. Embracing Insanity: It's the quick, concise open source briefing every business software manager needs. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.