Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software

Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software

by Joseph Feller
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262062466
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
06/01/2005
Pages:
570
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

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From the Publisher

" 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

Martin Fink

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.

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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 Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard
Business School.

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