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Addison Wesley Professional
Understanding Open Source Software Development / Edition 1

Understanding Open Source Software Development / Edition 1


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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)

About the Author

Dr. Joseph Feller is a College Lecturer in Business Information Systems, University College Cork. Previously, he was an Adjunct Professor at the Ringling School of Art and Design, in Florida. He was awarded the PhD by National University of Ireland, University College Cork.
Dr. Brian Fitzgerald is a Statutory Lecturer in Business Information Systems, University College Cork. He was awarded the PhD by the University of London and has published papers on systems development methodologies in a number of international academic journals, including IEEE Software, Information & Management, Journal of Information Technology, and The Information Systems Journal, and has presented systems development research at over 20 international conferences

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


This book marks the end of the beginning in our understanding of Open Source development. Until it appeared, all the attempts at a really comprehensive description of the phenomenon had come from Open Source hackers like myself, theorists operating from within the culture we were describing.

We had the advantage of knowing our ground, but the disadvantage of knowing it perhaps too well. There are undoubtedly good questions we would never have thought to ask. That's why I've hoped from the beginning that an analytical literature about open source, independent of the Open Source community itself, would evolve.

While other outside analysts and academics have tackled specific subtopics, Joe Feller and Brian Fitzgerald have given us the first book-length attempt that I am aware of to marshal approaches from multiple disciplines (software engineering theory, sociology, business analysis) into a portrait of the whole.

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!

Eric S. Raymond

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