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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)

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

Best Practices for commercial use of open source software

Popp Karl Michael
Paperback (110 pages)

Best Practices for commercial use of open source software
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This book describes the state-of-the-art of creating open source based business models and of managing open source in the development cycle of commercial software and during due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. Practitioners and consultants created this book to help professionals in the software business like executives, business developers, product managers, architects, developers, quality managers, development operations managers as well as students to get acquainted and proficient in using open source products in a commercial context. First, the focus is on business model impact of open source products and open source licenses. Dr. Karl Michael Popp gives an overview of the different types of business models for open source companies. Dr. Josef Waltl shows how open source licenses and intellectual property strategies can create a unique business model based on a combination of open source and proprietary software. Then, the focus is on detection and license compliance aspects of open source software in mergers and acquisitions. The acquisition of a software vendor requires the review of intellectual property rights including open source license compliance as described by Dr. Karl Michael Popp. Then, two chapters cover the offerings of tool vendors for governance of open source software but also for development enablement. First, Bill Weinberg and Greg Olsen show the broad offering of solutions of Black Duck Software, a provider for open source governance and enablement tools. Then, VersionEye focuses on development aspects of using open source software as part of commercial products. They cover assistance for developers in selecting and in continuously updating open source components during the software development lifecycle.

The Open Source Alternative: Understanding Risks and Leveraging Opportunities

By Heather J. Meeker

Wiley
Hardcover (304 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.

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 Software: Implementing a Successful OSS Management Practice

By Jeffrey P Brown

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Paperback (110 pages)

Open Source Software: Implementing a Successful OSS Management Practice
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Using Open Source Software Responsibly


Today, most companies incorporate open source software (OSS) into the software products they create. This helps companies to:

  • Drive down costs,
  • Accelerate product delivery, and
  • Focus on the unique capabilities of their products.


While using OSS can accelerate your product delivery and improve your bottom line, unbridled use of OSS, without proper review and management approval, may place your intellectual property and your company at risk.


In Open Source Software: Implementing a Successful OSS Management Practice, author Jeffrey P. Brown helps you navigate the world of OSS to achieve your desired business outcomes. This book cuts through the OSS myths and provides detailed guidance on how to select and responsibly use OSS.


In this book, you learn how to:

  • Select software that not only meets your functional and technical needs, but helps you reduce cost and accelerate delivery
  • Design and implement an OSS introduction process that supports responsible use, minimizes your risks, and accelerates your response to newly found security holes in your software
  • Create additional revenue opportunities for your company
  • Change the competitive landscape when competing with industry giants
  • Navigate and mitigate OSS license risks


This book includes a step-by-step procedure for you to use to create an OSS introduction process that is custom fit to your unique needs.

The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary

By Eric S. Raymond

Brand: OREILLY ASSOCIATES
Released: 2001-02-08
White Paperback (241 pages)

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Open source provides the competitive advantage in the Internet Age. According to the August Forrester Report, 56 percent of IT managers interviewed at Global 2,500 companies are already using some type of open source software in their infrastructure and another 6 percent will install it in the next two years. This revolutionary model for collaborative software development is being embraced and studied by many of the biggest players in the high-tech industry, from Sun Microsystems to IBM to Intel.The Cathedral & the Bazaar is a must for anyone who cares about the future of the computer industry or the dynamics of the information economy. Already, billions of dollars have been made and lost based on the ideas in this book. Its conclusions will be studied, debated, and implemented for years to come. According to Bob Young, "This is Eric Raymond's great contribution to the success of the open source revolution, to the adoption of Linux-based operating systems, and to the success of open source users and the companies that supply them."The interest in open source software development has grown enormously in the past year. This revised and expanded paperback edition includes new material on open source developments in 1999 and 2000. Raymond's clear and effective writing style accurately describing the benefits of open source software has been key to its success. With major vendors creating acceptance for open source within companies, independent vendors will become the open source story in 2001.

Getting Started with Arduino: The Open Source Electronics Prototyping Platform (Make)

By Massimo Banzi

O'Reilly Media
Paperback (262 pages)

Getting Started with Arduino: The Open Source Electronics Prototyping Platform (Make)
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Arduino is the open source electronics prototyping platform that has taken the Maker Movement by storm. This thorough introduction, updated for the latest Arduino release, helps you start prototyping right away. From obtaining the required components to putting the final touches on your project, all the information you need is here!

Getting started with Arduino is a snap. To use the introductory examples in this guide, all you need is an Arduino Uno or Leonardo, along with a USB cable and an LED. The easy-to-use, free Arduino development environment runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux.

In Getting Started with Arduino, you'll learn about:

  • Interaction design and physical computing
  • The Arduino board and its software environment
  • Basics of electricity and electronics
  • Prototyping on a solderless breadboard
  • Drawing a schematic diagram
  • Talking to a computer--and the cloud--from Arduino
  • Building a custom plant-watering system

Embedded Linux Systems with the Yocto Project (Pearson Open Source Software Development Series)

By Rudolf J. Streif

Prentice Hall
Hardcover (480 pages)

Embedded Linux Systems with the Yocto Project (Pearson Open Source Software Development Series)
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Build Complete Embedded Linux Systems Quickly and Reliably


Developers are increasingly integrating Linux into their embedded systems: It supports virtually all hardware architectures and many peripherals, scales well, offers full source code, and requires no royalties. The Yocto Project makes it much easier to customize Linux for embedded systems. If you’re a developer with working knowledge of Linux, Embedded Linux Systems with the Yocto Project™ will help you make the most of it.


An indispensable companion to the official documentation, this guide starts by offering a solid grounding in the embedded Linux landscape and the challenges of creating custom distributions for embedded systems. You’ll master the Yocto Project’s toolbox hands-on, by working through the entire development lifecycle with a variety of real-life examples that you can incorporate into your own projects.


Author Rudolf Streif offers deep insight into Yocto Project’s build system and engine, and addresses advanced topics ranging from board support to compliance management.


You’ll learn how to


  • Overcome key challenges of creating custom embedded distributions
  • Jumpstart and iterate OS stack builds with the OpenEmbedded Build System
  • Master build workflow, architecture, and the BitBake Build Engine
  • Quickly troubleshoot build problems
  • Customize new distros with built-in blueprints or from scratch
  • Use BitBake recipes to create new software packages
  • Build kernels, set configurations, and apply patches
  • Support diverse CPU architectures and systems
  • Create Board Support Packages (BSP) for hardware-specific adaptations
  • Provide Application Development Toolkits (ADT) for round-trip development
  • Remotely run and debug applications on actual hardware targets
  • Ensure open-source license compliance
  • Scale team-based projects with Toaster, Build History, Source Mirrors, and Autobuilder 


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