Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software

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The book analyzes a number of key topics: the motivation behind F/OSS - why highly skilled software developers devote large amounts of time to the creation of "free" products and services; the objective, empirically grounded evaluation of software - necessary to counter what one chapter author calls the "steamroller" of F/OSS hype; the software engineering processes and tools used in specific projects, including Apache, GNOME, and Mozilla; the economic and business models that reflect the changing relationships ...
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Overview

The book analyzes a number of key topics: the motivation behind F/OSS - why highly skilled software developers devote large amounts of time to the creation of "free" products and services; the objective, empirically grounded evaluation of software - necessary to counter what one chapter author calls the "steamroller" of F/OSS hype; the software engineering processes and tools used in specific projects, including Apache, GNOME, and Mozilla; the economic and business models that reflect the changing relationships between users and firms, technical communities and firms, and between competitors; and legal, cultural, and social issues, including one contribution that suggests parallels between "open code" and "open society" and another that points to the need for understanding the movement's social causes and consequences.
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What People Are Saying

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"An excellent international and interdisciplinary repository of the latest research and thinking on free and open software movements and practices. With this intellectual miracle, the editors and contributors pave the way to a new open science paradigm."--Claudio Ciborra, London School of Economics and IULM, Milan,
author of *The Labyrinths of Information*

The MIT Press

" Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software is the most comprehensive collection of writings on open source software that I have seen.
The authors tackle the difficult questions that surround its success, from what motivates developers to write software for free to how companies can incorporate the best of the open source model into their environments." Martin Fink
, Vice President, Linux, Hewlett-Packard

The MIT Press

"This is a carefully written, well-argued book that synthesizes a lot of good original research on the user-centered model of innovation. It makes a significant contribution to our general understanding of the innovation process in an area where our knowledge is especially thin. A thought-provoking and extremely valuable book."--Carliss Y. Baldwin, William L. White Professor of Business
Administration, Harvard Business School, coauthor of *Design Rules: The Power of
Modularity*

The MIT Press

"*Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software* is the most comprehensive collection of writings on open source software that I have seen. The authors tackle the difficult questions that surround its success, from what motivates developers to write software for free to how companies can incorporate the best of the open source model into their environments."--Martin Fink, Vice
President, Linux, Hewlett-Packard

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262062466
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Pages: 570
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Feller is Lecturer in Business Information Systems, University College
Cork, Ireland.

Brian Fitzgerald holds the Frederick A. Krehbiel II Chair in Innovation in Global
Business and Technology at the University of Limerick, where he is also Vice
President of Research.

Scott A. Hissam is Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Software Engineering
Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.

Karim R. Lakhani is a doctoral candidate in management at the MIT Sloan School of
Management, strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, and cofounder of the MIT Open Source Research Project.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1 Why hackers do what they do : understanding motivation and effort in free/open source software projects 3
2 Understanding free software developers : findings from the FLOSS study 23
3 Economic perspectives on open source 47
4 Standing in front of the open source steamroller 81
5 Has open source software a future? 93
6 Open source software development : future or fad? 107
7 Attaining robust open source software 123
8 Open and closed systems are equivalent (that is, in an ideal world) 127
9 Making lightning strike twice 143
10 Two case studies of open source software development : Apache and Mozilla 163
11 Software engineering practices in the GNOME project 211
12 Incremental and decentralized integration in FreeBSD 227
13 Adopting open source software engineering (OSSE) practices by adopting OSSE tools 245
14 Open source software projects as "user innovation networks" 267
15 An analysis of open source business models 279
16 The allocation of software development resources in open source production mode 297
17 Shared source : the Microsoft perspective 239
18 Open code and open societies 249
19 Legal aspects of free and open source software 361
20 Nonprofit foundations and their role in community-firm software collaboration 393
21 Free science 415
22 High noon at OS corral : duels and shoot-outs in open source discourse 431
23 Libre software policies at the European level 447
24 The open source paradigm shift 461
Epilogue : open source outside the domain of software 483
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