Introduction to Free Software

Introduction to Free Software

This book answers questions about free software, the implications of using a free license, the organization of free software projects, main business models associated to them, and things that motivate developers and volunteers to become involved.

Publication date: 01 Sep 2009

ISBN-10: n/a

ISBN-13: n/a

Paperback: 291 pages

Views: 9,449

Type: Book

Publisher: Free Technology Acacemy

License: GNU Free Documentation License Version 1.2

Post time: 30 Aug 2010 07:13:25

Introduction to Free Software

Introduction to Free Software This book answers questions about free software, the implications of using a free license, the organization of free software projects, main business models associated to them, and things that motivate developers and volunteers to become involved.
Tag(s): Software Libre and Open Source
Publication date: 01 Sep 2009
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: n/a
Paperback: 291 pages
Views: 9,449
Document Type: Book
Publisher: Free Technology Acacemy
License: GNU Free Documentation License Version 1.2
Post time: 30 Aug 2010 07:13:25
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Book Description:
Jesús M. González-Barahona wrote:Free software is increasing its presence in mainstream media and in debates among IT professionals, but it is still unknown for many people. And even those who are familiar with it lack specific knowledge in some important areas.

What is free software? What are the implications of using a free license? How are free software projects organised? Which are the main business models associated to them? What motivates developers, especially volunteers, to become involved in free software projects? Who are these developers? These are the sort of questions that we will try to answer in this book.

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About The Author(s)


Associate professor in the Department of Telematic Systems and Computing of the Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid, Spain), where he coordinates the GSyC/LibreSoft research group. His professional areas of interest include the study of free software development and the transfer of knowledge in this field to the industrial sector.

Jesús M. González-Barahona

Associate professor in the Department of Telematic Systems and Computing of the Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid, Spain), where he coordinates the GSyC/LibreSoft research group. His professional areas of interest include the study of free software development and the transfer of knowledge in this field to the industrial sector.


Associate professor in the Department of Telematic Systems Engineering of the Technical University of Madrid (Spain), where he has taught courses in programming, protocols, computer architecture, operating systems, Internet services, databases, systems administration and free software. His current interests include the application of ICT in isolated regions of developing countries.

Joaquín Seoane Pascual

Associate professor in the Department of Telematic Systems Engineering of the Technical University of Madrid (Spain), where he has taught courses in programming, protocols, computer architecture, operating systems, Internet services, databases, systems administration and free software. His current interests include the application of ICT in isolated regions of developing countries.


Assistant professor at the Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid, Spain), where he earned his PhD degree in February 2006. Besides his teaching tasks, he researches free software development from the point of view of software engineering, with spe- cial focus in quantitative issues.

Gregorio Robles

Assistant professor at the Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid, Spain), where he earned his PhD degree in February 2006. Besides his teaching tasks, he researches free software development from the point of view of software engineering, with spe- cial focus in quantitative issues.


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