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The Success of Open Source

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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)
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Bob S.
Jul 29, 2010 Bob S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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.
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
Apr 28, 2016 Ruslan marked it as to-read
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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.
Jan 28, 2011 Manderson rated it really liked it
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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.
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
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Takes you to the past in time machine, showing how open source evolved. Well written!
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)
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