Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software
Joseph Feller, Brian Fitzgerald, Scott A. Hissam, Karim R. Lakhani
MIT Press, 2005 - Computers - 538 pages
What is the status of the Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) revolution? Has the creation of software that can be freely used, modified, and redistributed transformed industry and society, as some predicted, or is this transformation still a work in progress? Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software brings together leading analysts and researchers to address this question, examining specific aspects of F/OSS in a way that is both scientifically rigorous and highly relevant to real-life managerial and technical concerns.
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
activities Apache applications benefits bugs build changes commercial software companies contributions contributors core developers create creative Debian derivative devel distribution e-mail economic effort example F/OSS community F/OSS projects files firms FLOSS developer Foundation free and open free software FreeBSD function Ghosh GNOME GPL'd hacker important incentives individual infringement initial intellectual property interfaces Internet issues Jargon File kernel libre software license Linux Linux kernel mailing list Microsoft modules motivations Mozilla Open Source Definition open source development open source movement open source projects open source software operating system organization participation percent potential proprietary software Raymond release requirements responses server share Shared Source social software development software engineering software products source code structure survey tion Unix user innovation vendors ware