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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

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.

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

By Karl Fogel

Brand: O'Reilly Media
Released: 2005-10-17
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.

Remote Sensing and GIS for Ecologists: Using Open Source Software (Data in the Wild)

Pelagic Publishing
Released: 2015-06-02
Paperback (324 pages)

Remote Sensing and GIS for Ecologists: Using Open Source Software (Data in the Wild)
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This is a book about how ecologists can integrate remote sensing and GIS in their daily work. It will allow ecologists to get started with the application of remote sensing and to understand its potential and limitations. Using practical examples, the book covers all necessary steps from planning field campaigns to deriving ecologically relevant information through remote sensing and modelling of species distributions.
All practical examples in this book rely on OpenSource software and freely available data sets. Quantum GIS (QGIS) is introduced for basic GIS data handling, and in-depth spatial analytics and statistics are conducted with the software package R.

Readers will learn how to apply remote sensing within ecological research projects, how to approach spatial data sampling and how to interpret remote sensing derived products. The authors discuss a wide range of statistical analyses with regard to satellite data as well as specialised topics such as time-series analysis. Extended scripts on how to create professional looking maps and graphics are also provided.
This book is a valuable resource for students and scientists in the fields of conservation and ecology interested in learning how to get started in applying remote sensing in ecological research and conservation planning.

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How Open Source Ate Software: Understand the Open Source Movement and So Much More

By Gordon Haff

Apress
Released: 2018-08-22
Paperback (200 pages)

How Open Source Ate Software: Understand the Open Source Movement and So Much More
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Learn how free software became open source and how you can sell open source software. This book provides a historical context of how open source has thoroughly transformed how we write software, how we cooperate, how we communicate, how we organize, and, ultimately, how we think about business values.

You’ll look at project and community examples including Linux, BSD, Apache, and Kubernetes, understand the open source development model, and how open source has influenced approaches more broadly, even proprietary software, such as open betas. You'll also examine the flipside, the "Second Machine Age," and the challenges of open source-based business models.

Today, open source serves as shorthand for much broader trends and behaviors. It’s not just about a free (in all senses of the word) alternative to commercial software. It increasingly is the new commercial software. How Open Source Ate Software reveals how open source has much in common, and is often closely allied, with many other trends in business and society. You'll see how it enables projects that go beyond any individual company. That makes open source not just a story about software, but a story about almost everything.

What You'll Learn

  • Understand open source opportunities and challenges

  • Sell software if you’re giving it away

  • Apply open source principles more broadly to openorg, devops, etc.

  • Review which organizational incentives you can implement


Who This Book Is For

Anyone who has an interest in what is happening in open source and the open source community, and anyone who is contemplating making a business that involves open source.

Handbook of Open Source Tools

By Sandeep Koranne

Springer
Hardcover (484 pages)

Handbook of Open Source Tools
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Handbook of Open Source Tools introduces a comprehensive collection of advanced open source tools useful in developing software applications. The book contains information on more than 200 open-source tools which include software construction utilities for compilers, virtual-machines, database, graphics, high-performance computing, OpenGL, geometry, algebra, graph theory , GUIs and more. Special highlights for software construction utilities and application libraries are included. Each tool is covered in the context of a real like application development setting. This unique handbook presents a comprehensive discussion of advanced tools, a valuable asset used by most application developers and programmers; includes a special focus on Mathematical Open Source Software not available in most Open Source Software books, and introduces several tools (eg ACL2, CLIPS, CUDA, and COIN) which are not known outside of select groups, but are very powerful.

Handbook of Open Source Tools is designed for application developers and programmers working with Open Source Tools. Advanced-level students concentrating on Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science will find this reference a valuable asset as well.

Open Source Software: Implementing a Successful OSS Management Practice

By Jeffrey P Brown

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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.


 


 
     
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