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Other web sites about Open Source: More specific categories of open source books: Open source is a set of principles and practises used to develop products, especially software, in which the material is developed with none, few or relaxed intellectual property restrictions, with the intent of fostering creativity and productivity through collaboration between individuals and organizations.

In the case of software, the source code is usually available, and users are generally free to use, modify, create derivative works of the software, although some restrictions may apply. Copying and distribution and the software is also normally permitted, although there may be certain restrictions that apply to how this is done (for example the GPL has certain requirements for redistribution, including ones about making the source code available to others).

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Open (Source) for Business: A Practical Guide to Open Source Software Licensing -- Second Edition

By Heather Meeker

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (284 pages)

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Heather Meeker’s Open Source for Business is a practical, readable guide to help businesspeople, engineers, and lawyers understand open source software licensing. Based on the author’s twenty years as an attorney working at the crossroads of intellectual property and technology, this guide explains the legal and technical principles behind open source licensing so you can make the right decisions for your business. It offers tips on using open source, contributing to open source projects, and releasing your own open source software. You'll also get access to quick-reference tables on the major open source licenses, plus forms and checklists you can use to promote compliance. In this book, you will learn . . . • Why open source is not a “virus” • What the GPL is and how to handle it • When and how to conduct open source audits • What a user-friendly open source policy looks like • How to avoid and respond to open source enforcement claims • How to use open source to fight patent infringement claims • How to manage trademarks for open source products

Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project

By Karl Fogel

Brand: O'Reilly Media
Released: 2005-10-14
Paperback (304 pages)

Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project
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The corporate market is now embracing free, "open source" software like never before, as evidenced by the recent success of the technologies underlying LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP). Each is the result of a publicly collaborative process among numerous developers who volunteer their time and energy to create better software.

The truth is, however, that the overwhelming majority of free software projects fail. To help you beat the odds, O'Reilly has put together Producing Open Source Software, a guide that recommends tried and true steps to help free software developers work together toward a common goal. Not just for developers who are considering starting their own free software project, this book will also help those who want to participate in the process at any level.

The book tackles this very complex topic by distilling it down into easily understandable parts. Starting with the basics of project management, it details specific tools used in free software projects, including version control, IRC, bug tracking, and Wikis. Author Karl Fogel, known for his work on CVS and Subversion, offers practical advice on how to set up and use a range of tools in combination with open mailing lists and archives. He also provides several chapters on the essentials of recruiting and motivating developers, as well as how to gain much-needed publicity for your project.

While managing a team of enthusiastic developers -- most of whom you've never even met -- can be challenging, it can also be fun. Producing Open Source Software takes this into account, too, as it speaks of the sheer pleasure to be had from working with a motivated team of free software developers.

Open (Source) for Business: A Practical Guide to Open Source Software Licensing -- Second Edition

By Heather Meeker

Released: 2017-04-15
Kindle Edition (443 pages)

Open (Source) for Business: A Practical Guide to Open Source Software Licensing -- Second Edition
 
Product Description:
Heather Meeker’s Open Source for Business (Second Edtion) is a practical, readable guide to help businesspeople, engineers, and lawyers understand open source software licensing. Based on the author’s twenty years as an attorney working at the crossroads of intellectual property and technology, this guide explains the legal and technical principles behind open source licensing so you can make the right decisions for your business. It offers tips on using open source, contributing to open source projects, and releasing your own open source software. You'll also get access to quick-reference tables on the major open source licenses, plus forms and checklists you can use to promote compliance.

In this book, you will learn . . .
•Why open source is not a “virus”
•What the GPL is and how to handle it
•When and how to conduct open source audits
•What a user-friendly open source policy looks like
•How to avoid and respond to open source enforcement claims
•How to use open source to fight patent infringement claims
•How to manage trademarks for open source products

The Open Source Alternative: Understanding Risks and Leveraging Opportunities

By Heather J. Meeker

Wiley
Hardcover (285 pages)

The Open Source Alternative: Understanding Risks and Leveraging Opportunities
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This book is a user manual for understanding and deployment of open source software licensing in business. Written for lawyers and businesspeople alike, it explains and analyzes open source licensing issues, and gives practical suggestions on how to deal with open source licensing in a business context. Including useful forms, information, and both technical and licensing background, this book will help you avoid legal pitfalls and edcuate your organization about the risks of open source.

Open Source: Understanding Open Source From the Beginning!

By Solis Tech

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Open Source: Understanding Open Source From the Beginning!
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Is Open Source what you want to learn? Always wondered how one becomes a better programmer? Does it interest you how why Open Source Programming takes you to another level?

Purchase Open Source to discover everything you need to know about programming.

Step by step to increase your programming skill set. Learn how to develop proficient computer programming systems. All your basic knowledge in one purchase!

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Open Sources 2.0: The Continuing Evolution

By Chris DiBona & Danese Cooper

Brand: O'Reilly Media
Released: 2005-10-28
Paperback (490 pages)

Open Sources 2.0: The Continuing Evolution
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Open Sources 2.0 is a collection of insightful and thought-provoking essays from today's technology leaders that continues painting the evolutionary picture that developed in the 1999 book Open Sources: Voices from the Revolution .

These essays explore open source's impact on the software industry and reveal how open source concepts are infiltrating other areas of commerce and society. The essays appeal to a broad audience: the software developer will find thoughtful reflections on practices and methodology from leading open source developers like Jeremy Allison and Ben Laurie, while the business executive will find analyses of business strategies from the likes of Sleepycat co-founder and CEO Michael Olson and Open Source Business Conference founder Matt Asay.

From China, Europe, India, and Brazil we get essays that describe the developing world's efforts to join the technology forefront and use open source to take control of its high tech destiny. For anyone with a strong interest in technology trends, these essays are a must-read.

The enduring significance of open source goes well beyond high technology, however. At the heart of the new paradigm is network-enabled distributed collaboration: the growing impact of this model on all forms of online collaboration is fundamentally challenging our modern notion of community.

What does the future hold? Veteran open source commentators Tim O'Reilly and Doc Searls offer their perspectives, as do leading open source scholars Steven Weber and Sonali Shah. Andrew Hessel traces the migration of open source ideas from computer technology to biotechnology, and Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger and Slashdot co-founder Jeff Bates provide frontline views of functioning, flourishing online collaborative communities.

The power of collaboration, enabled by the internet and open source software, is changing the world in ways we can only begin to imagine.Open Sources 2.0 further develops the evolutionary picture that emerged in the original Open Sources and expounds on the transformative open source philosophy.

"This is a wonderful collection of thoughts and examples bygreat minds from the free software movement, and is a must have foranyone who follows free software development and project histories."

--Robin Monks, Free Software Magazine

The list of contributors include

  • Alolita Sharma
  • Andrew Hessel
  • Ben Laurie
  • Boon-Lock Yeo
  • Bruno Souza
  • Chris DiBona
  • Danese Cooper
  • Doc Searls
  • Eugene Kim
  • Gregorio Robles
  • Ian Murdock
  • Jeff Bates
  • Jeremy Allison
  • Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona
  • Kim Polese
  • Larry Sanger
  • Louisa Liu
  • Mark Stone
  • Mark Stone
  • Matthew N. Asay
  • Michael Olson
  • Mitchell Baker
  • Pamela Jones
  • Robert Adkins
  • Russ Nelson
  • Sonali K. Shah
  • Stephen R. Walli
  • Steven Weber
  • Sunil Saxena
  • Tim O'Reilly
  • Wendy Seltzer

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