Embracing Insanity: Open Source Software Development

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In this book, you will learn where the Open Source movement comes from and what motivates its adherents. You will be introduced to the culture that fuels the movement, as well as the personalities and organizations that promote its growth. You will also understand the strengths of the Open Source movement and how it changes the way in which software is written. In addition, people and organizations wishing to participate in the Open Source world will be given a guide regarding what to do - and what not to do - ...
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Overview

In this book, you will learn where the Open Source movement comes from and what motivates its adherents. You will be introduced to the culture that fuels the movement, as well as the personalities and organizations that promote its growth. You will also understand the strengths of the Open Source movement and how it changes the way in which software is written. In addition, people and organizations wishing to participate in the Open Source world will be given a guide regarding what to do - and what not to do - and why. You do not need to be a technical wizard to read this book. It does not matter if you are an IT manager, a programmer, or just someone who is interested in new trends in technology. This book will peel away the mystery and misunderstandings surrounding the Open Source movement.
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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.

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Explains the origins of the Open Source movement and what motivates its adherents, introducing the culture that fuels the movement as well as the personalities and organizations which promote its growth. Examines the strengths of the Open Source movement and how it changes the way software is written, and offers guidelines for participating in the Open Source world as a contributor, vendor, or beneficiary. The author is an expert on Open Source and Linux. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672319891
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 9/15/2000
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Origins of Open Source: Has the World Gone Mad? 3
Ch. 1 What's Going On Here? 5
Ch. 2 How Did All This Start? 17
Ch. 3 Why Should I Care? 27
Pt. II Exploring the Roots of the Insanity 45
Ch. 4 The Key to Many Things: Understanding Geek Culture 47
Ch. 5 Community, Not Communism 63
Ch. 6 Primary Community Value: Truth 75
Ch. 7 Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt 87
Pt. III Embracing the Insanity: Joining the Fray 99
Ch. 8 Cooperate with the Competition? Are You Nuts? 101
Ch. 9 The Players: Who Does What and Why 113
Ch. 10 The Potholes: What to Avoid 131
Ch. 11 The Primer: What To Do 143
Ch. 12 Licenses, Licenses, Licenses! 159
Index 171
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