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Open Source Software: Find Books

Guide to open source software (OSS) which features code made available to anyone for use, modification, and/or enhancement.


Book cover art for How To Become an Expert Software EngineerHow to Become an Expert Software Engineer: A Programmer's Guide to the Secret Art of Free and Open Source Software Development by Marcus Tomlinson 
"Solid practical advice that will make you a better software engineer." - Michi Henning, API design expert, author, & creator of the Ice RPC framework






Book cover art for The Success of Open Source  The Success of Open Source by Steven Weber
"Steven Weber has produced a significant, insightful book that is both smart and important. The most impressive achievement of this volume is that Weber has spent the time to learn and think about the technological, sociological, business, and legal perspectives related to open source. The Success of Open Source is timely and more thought provoking than almost anything I've come across in the past several years. It deserves careful reading by a wide audience." - Jonathan Aronson, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California




Book cover art for Adopting Open Source Software: A Practical Guide Adopting Open Source Software: A Practical Guide by Brian Fitzgerald
"This is the first systematic, book length treatment that provides the knowledge and insight that arises from a careful comparative study of OSS adoption in different public sector organizations. Required reading for anyone involved in OSS research, and highly recommended for those who determine whether OSS is a viable, new way of adopting, implementing, using, and sustaining modern software systems." - Walt Scacchi, 
Institute for Software Research, University of California, Irvine






Book cover art for Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution by Chris Dibona, Sam Ockman, and Mark Stone
"The idea for open source software began years ago with Richard Stallman, who at the time was considered crazy for proposing that computer code be free to all to use as they see fit as long as they posted the changed code for the common good. Along the way he won a MacArthur ("Genius") award, Linus Torvalds created Linux, and Brian Behlendorf developed Apache, the most used free web server package. This collection of writings by the leaders of the open source movement offers readers a chance to think about the past and how it will change the future of software development." - Library Journal 




Book cover art for Innovation Happens Elsewhere: Open Source as Business StrategyInnovation Happens Elsewhere: Open Source as Business Strategy by Ron Goldman and Richard P. Gabriel
"Innovation Happens Elsewhere is at least as important for those who have no interest in software as those who do, because in the details of the history and practice of the open source community lie clues to the institutional adaptations of the information economy; in the clauses of the various software licenses lie the case law that will come to define property in the information age. There are other books that have a great deal to say about this evolution, but none combines the personal experience and inside-out insight to be gained from the engagement of Ron Goldman and Richard Gabriel in so many flesh-and-blood open source projects and the development of the structures that have supported them." - from the foreword by Chris Meyer, Monitor Group