Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Success of Open Source” as Want to Read:
The Success of Open Source
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Success of Open Source

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  90 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Much of the innovative programming that powers the Internet, creates operating systems, and produces software is the result of "open source" code, that is, code that is freely distributed--as opposed to being kept secret--by those who write it. Leaving source code open has generated some of the most sophisticated developments in computer technology, including, most notably ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Harvard University Press (first published April 30th 2004)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Success of Open Source, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Success of Open Source

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 398)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Bob S.
Jul 29, 2010 Bob S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: professional
The author takes a Political Economics perspective that raises two important questions about Open Source:
1) Why do people participate without traditional incentive mechanisms (coercion and money)?
2) How does a largely unstructured mass produce a useful output, without the benefit of traditional coordination mechanisms (the firm and the market)?

The text includes a very interesting history of the Open Source movement. As a Business Analyst (BA), this was particularly interesting to me, because t
...more
Krishna Kumar
May 04, 2015 Krishna Kumar rated it it was amazing
A look at the open source movement and its various facets. The author dwells into the phenomenon of why people would contribute their time willingly to something that offers them no return. The book shows what kinds of software lend themselves to success in the open source environment.
Robert
Aug 15, 2008 Robert rated it really liked it
The Open Source software movement has begun to radically change computing,
the internet and the world. The Open Source community and their philosophy of volunteer programmers creating better software is begining to overshadow the profit driven business model subscribed to by Microsoft and other giants in the software industry. This new movement promises to revolutionize how the global marketplace does business. Steven Weber of Berkley University explains how this could happen and how the Open Sou
...more
Ruslan
Apr 28, 2016 Ruslan marked it as to-read
Shelves: dev
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Matt
Apr 11, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it
As one commenter said, it's not a book you can read in one sitting. Offers a solid overview of the history of the open source software process and an engaging analysis of the challenge of open source to traditional ways of thinking about organizations. Covers some of the same ground as Shirky's Here Comes Everbody, but with more depth.
Manderson
Jan 28, 2011 Manderson rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A really well thought out and analytical approach to the open source model of software development. Weber stays above any pat glorifications and consistently takes the conversation to another level by attempting to generalize open source as a model that can be transferred into other paradigms.
Nicole Engard
This book is not the kind of title you can read from cover to cover in one sitting. It's a tough read, but a read that is well worth it. I love looking at open source from another point a view - that of a sociologist. http://blogs.liblime.com/open-sesame/...
Jared
Oct 07, 2009 Jared rated it really liked it
An indispensable introduction to the open source software movement. While it is undoubtedly an academic treatment, and thus somewhat less readable, it is still accessible enough to be of use to the general reader interested in the topic.
Lin Clark
Dec 16, 2011 Lin Clark rated it it was amazing
Truly insightful, non-handwavey analysis of the economic and political differences that make open source effective as a strategy for organizing production.
Alexia Gaudeul
Mar 03, 2013 Alexia Gaudeul rated it liked it
A clear and well-written introduction to the topic of open-source development and governance, with many insightful ideas and good illustrative examples.
Tom Smyth
Aug 10, 2012 Tom Smyth rated it really liked it
nice history of open source and an insightful review of reasons for its success. i consult this one again and again.
Sridhar Jammalamadaka
May 22, 2016 Sridhar Jammalamadaka rated it really liked it
Shelves: technology
Takes you to the past in time machine, showing how open source evolved. Well written!
Mike
May 05, 2007 Mike rated it really liked it
It's the future of the Internet. I hope so, at least--even if Bill and Melinda don't.
Kio Stark
totally useful if you need to understand this stuff (not just software, whole ethos)
Jason Shao
May 10, 2007 Jason Shao marked it as to-read
Paul Z. from UBC said this was good.
Srdan Dukic
Srdan Dukic marked it as to-read
Jun 22, 2016
Sahil Kanjwani
Sahil Kanjwani marked it as to-read
Jun 18, 2016
Darko Doko
Darko Doko marked it as to-read
Jun 18, 2016
Wei Sun
Wei Sun marked it as to-read
Jun 18, 2016
Nick
Nick marked it as to-read
Jun 17, 2016
Modiga Phemelo
Modiga Phemelo marked it as to-read
Jun 16, 2016
John Walker
John Walker marked it as to-read
Jun 14, 2016
Federico
Federico marked it as to-read
Jun 12, 2016
Dragos
Dragos marked it as to-read
Jun 11, 2016
23tux
23tux marked it as to-read
Jun 05, 2016
Alison
Alison marked it as to-read
Jun 05, 2016
I
I marked it as to-read
Jun 03, 2016
Y.K.
Y.K. marked it as to-read
Jun 01, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 13 14 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Old New Thing: Practical Development Throughout the Evolution of Windows
  • Geekonomics: The Real Cost of Insecure Software
  • Agile!: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly
  • Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering
  • Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made
  • The Psychology of Computer Programming
  • The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary
  • Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age
  • The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom
  • The Social Life of Information
  • The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators
  • Glut: Mastering Information through the Ages
  • Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction
  • The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-4a Boxed Set
  • Replay: The History of Video Games
  • A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History
  • Culture as History: The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century
  • Writing History: A Guide for Students

Goodreads is hiring!

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.
Learn more »

Share This Book