The Success of Open Source
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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Truly insightful, non-handwavey analysis of the economic and political differences that make open source effective as a strategy for organizing production.
Alexia Gaudeul
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
nice history of open source and an insightful review of reasons for its success. i consult this one again and again.
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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