Understanding Open Source Software Development / Edition 1

Understanding Open Source Software Development / Edition 1

by Joseph Feller, Brian Fitzgerald, Brian Fitzgerald
     
 

ISBN-10: 0201734966

ISBN-13: 9780201734966

Pub. Date: 12/01/2001

Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional

UNDERSTANDING OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Joseph Feller & Brian Fitzgerald

"

This book is not the last word; last words are about dead things, and

Open Source development is quite lustily alive. But it is an important

step along the way, answering some questions and raising others that

will continue to be

Overview

UNDERSTANDING OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Joseph Feller & Brian Fitzgerald

"

This book is not the last word; last words are about dead things, and

Open Source development is quite lustily alive. But it is an important

step along the way, answering some questions and raising others that

will continue to be live and fruitful research topics.

Welcome to the conversation..."

From the foreword by Eric S. Raymond

 

Propelled by headline products such as Linux and Apache, the development and manufacture of Open Source Software (OSS) has become a multi-billion dollar industry in recent years. Unsurprisingly, much has been written about this phenomenon, but the central issues involved are too often obscured by myth, misunderstanding, and partisan opinion. In Understanding Open Source Software Development, Joseph Feller and Brian Fitzgerald have assembled the first complete and objective synthesis of the available literature, offering a unique one-stop reference for developers, researchers, managers and anyone else needing to grasp the key issues about OSS.

The book addresses the fundamental questions of "what, why, when, where and how" the Open Source process has been able to produce category -killing software without the support of a traditional software engineering environment and without the support of a traditional software company's marketing machine. In doing so, the authors provide:

  • An understanding of the Open Source Definition and the major Open Source Licences;
  • A context for OSS in the history of software development;
  • An analytical framework fordescribing and understanding the OSS phenomenon;
  • A roadmap of the key organizations and projects involved in OSS;
  • An exploration of what motivates the adoption of OSS products, processes and business models;
  • A critical discussion of the strengths, weaknesses and paradoxes of OSS development.

Understanding Open Source Software Development is complemented by the Open Source Resources portal at tuxedo.org/?esr/



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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201734966
Publisher:
Addison Wesley Professional
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction a. Why Study Open Source Software?
i. The Software Crisis ii. Market Penetration/Industrial Buy-In iii. Compelling Theoretical Issues b. How to Use the Book i. Intended Audiences (Course-based, Research-based, Professional)
ii. Online Supplements (OPEN reSOURCEs, Contacting the Authors)
iii. Structure of the Book Section One: Background
1. Overview of Open Source Software
2. The History of Open Source and Free Software
3. The Landscape of Open Source Software
4. Deriving an Analytical Framework
5. Characterising Open Source Software
6. The Open Source Software Development Process
7. Open Source Software Development Tools
8. Technological Motivations for Open Source Software
9. Economic Motivations for Open Source Software
10. Psycho-Social Motivations for Open Source Software
11. When (and Why) Open Source Fails
12. Challenges and Opportunities: The Future of Open Source Software Appendix: Recommendations for Researchers Bibliography Index

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