Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution

Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution

Collection of essays from the leaders of the Free Software / Open Source movement, explaining why the majority of the Internet's servers use Open Source technologies for everything from the operating system to Web serving and email.

Publication date: 13 Jan 1999

ISBN-10: 1565925823

ISBN-13: 9781565925823

Paperback: 280 pages

Views: 16,059

Type: Book

Publisher: O’Reilly Media, Inc.

License: GNU General Public License

Post time: 29 Oct 2004 11:12:02

Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution

Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution Collection of essays from the leaders of the Free Software / Open Source movement, explaining why the majority of the Internet's servers use Open Source technologies for everything from the operating system to Web serving and email.
Tag(s): Software Libre and Open Source
Publication date: 13 Jan 1999
ISBN-10: 1565925823
ISBN-13: 9781565925823
Paperback: 280 pages
Views: 16,059
Document Type: Book
Publisher: O’Reilly Media, Inc.
License: GNU General Public License
Post time: 29 Oct 2004 11:12:02
Book excerpts:

In Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution, leaders of Open Source come together in print for the first time to discuss a new vision of the software industry they have created. The essays in this volume offer insight into how the Open Source movement works, why it succeeds, and where it is going.

This book explains why the majority of the Internet's servers use Open Source technologies for everything from the operating system to Web serving and email. Key technology products developed with Open Source Software have overtaken and surpassed the commercial efforts of billion dollar companies like Microsoft and IBM to dominate software markets.

Learn the inside story of what led Netscape to decide to release its source code using the Open Source mode. Learn how Cygnus Solutions builds the world's best compilers by sharing the source code. Learn why venture capitalists are eagerly watching Red Hat Software, a company that gives its key product -- GNU/Linux -- away.

Reviews:

Amazon.com

:( "It attempts to couch the issue of free vs. non-free software in religious terms..."

Linux Today

:) "In the end, there is absolutely nothing bad to say about Open Sources except that if you can't afford to buy a copy you might just have to steal one. "

Danny Yee's Book Reviews

:? "...newcomers to the concept of free software are likely to find it confusing, while others can read just those portions that interest them online."

Interviews with the author(s):

Linux Magazine
 




About The Editor(s)


Chris DiBona is the director of open source at Google. His team oversees license compliance and supports the open source developer community through programs such as the Google Summer of Code and through the release of open source software projects and patches on Google Code. In his former work on Google's public sector software, he looked after Google Moderator and the polling locations API and election results.

Chris Dibona

Chris DiBona is the director of open source at Google. His team oversees license compliance and supports the open source developer community through programs such as the Google Summer of Code and through the release of open source software projects and patches on Google Code. In his former work on Google's public sector software, he looked after Google Moderator and the polling locations API and election results.


Penguin Computing founder and CEO Sam Ockman, while still a computer systems engineering student, was among the pioneers of the Open Source movement, which has grown into a revolution within the IT industry. In fact, he was one of the five people who coined the term 'Open Source.' Ockman is coeditor of the book 'Open Sources: Voices From the Open Source Revolution,' and frequently takes time to staff the Penguin Computing help desk to stay abreast of front-line activities on the battlefield between Linux and proprietary OSes.

Sam Ockman

Penguin Computing founder and CEO Sam Ockman, while still a computer systems engineering student, was among the pioneers of the Open Source movement, which has grown into a revolution within the IT industry. In fact, he was one of the five people who coined the term 'Open Source.' Ockman is coeditor of the book 'Open Sources: Voices From the Open Source Revolution,' and frequently takes time to staff the Penguin Computing help desk to stay abreast of front-line activities on the battlefield between Linux and proprietary OSes.


Prior to his job as Senior Program Manager at The Walt Disney Company, Mark Stone was a university professor with a PhD in philosophy of science, where he studied and published on the disruptive community conditions that create scientific revolutions. More recent work has involved the open source community, as editor for Morgan Kaufmann Publishers covering operating systems and web technology, then as Executive Editor for Open Source at O'Reilly, and as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Linux Technology. 

Mark Stone

Prior to his job as Senior Program Manager at The Walt Disney Company, Mark Stone was a university professor with a PhD in philosophy of science, where he studied and published on the disruptive community conditions that create scientific revolutions. More recent work has involved the open source community, as editor for Morgan Kaufmann Publishers covering operating systems and web technology, then as Executive Editor for Open Source at O'Reilly, and as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Linux Technology. 


About The Author(s)


Brian Behlendorf (born March 30, 1973) is a technologist, executive, computer programmer, and an important figure in the open-source software movement. He was a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, and a founding member of the Apache Group, which later became the Apache Software Foundation. Behlendorf served as President of the Foundation for three years. Behlendorf has served on the board of the Mozilla Foundation since 2003, Benetech since 2009 and the Electronic Frontier Foundation since 2013.

Brian Behlendorf

Brian Behlendorf (born March 30, 1973) is a technologist, executive, computer programmer, and an important figure in the open-source software movement. He was a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, and a founding member of the Apache Group, which later became the Apache Software Foundation. Behlendorf served as President of the Foundation for three years. Behlendorf has served on the board of the Mozilla Foundation since 2003, Benetech since 2009 and the Electronic Frontier Foundation since 2013.


Scott Bradner is a senior figure in the area of Internet governance. He serves as the secretary to the Internet Society and was formerly a trustee. He is on the board of ARIN, the North American IP address registry. He has also held numerous senior leadership roles on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) which develops Internet standards. He is also University Technology Security Officer at Harvard University.
 

Scott Bradner

Scott Bradner is a senior figure in the area of Internet governance. He serves as the secretary to the Internet Society and was formerly a trustee. He is on the board of ARIN, the North American IP address registry. He has also held numerous senior leadership roles on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) which develops Internet standards. He is also University Technology Security Officer at Harvard University.
 


Jim Hamerly took many vocations: entrepreneurship, business, science, electrical engineering & computer science, grand-parenting, husbanding, and teaching, solar power generation, and the list goes on. He recently left his position as Director of Business Community Relations for the College of Business Administration at CSUSM. He oversaw the Senior Experience Program. 20 years, over 1,400 projects, 5,500 students, and over 1,600,000 hours of service to the local community.

Jim Hamerly

Jim Hamerly took many vocations: entrepreneurship, business, science, electrical engineering & computer science, grand-parenting, husbanding, and teaching, solar power generation, and the list goes on. He recently left his position as Director of Business Community Relations for the College of Business Administration at CSUSM. He oversaw the Senior Experience Program. 20 years, over 1,400 projects, 5,500 students, and over 1,600,000 hours of service to the local community.


Marshall Kirk McKusick is a computer scientist, known for his extensive work on BSD, from the 1980s to FreeBSD in the present day. He was president of the USENIX Association from 1990 to 1992 and again from 2002 to 2004, and still serves on the board. He is on the editorial board of ACM Queue Magazine. He helped design the original Berkeley Fast File System (FFS). He was also primarily responsible for creating the complementary features of filesystem snapshots and background fsck (file system check and repair).

Kirk McKusick

Marshall Kirk McKusick is a computer scientist, known for his extensive work on BSD, from the 1980s to FreeBSD in the present day. He was president of the USENIX Association from 1990 to 1992 and again from 2002 to 2004, and still serves on the board. He is on the editorial board of ACM Queue Magazine. He helped design the original Berkeley Fast File System (FFS). He was also primarily responsible for creating the complementary features of filesystem snapshots and background fsck (file system check and repair).


Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media Inc. His original business plan was simply "interesting work for interesting people," and that's worked out pretty well. He publishes books, runs conferences, invests in early-stage startups, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators. Tim is also a partner at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, O'Reilly's early stage venture firm, and is on the board of Safari Books OnlinePeerJCode for America, and Maker Media, which was recently spun out from O'Reilly Media.

Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media Inc. His original business plan was simply "interesting work for interesting people," and that's worked out pretty well. He publishes books, runs conferences, invests in early-stage startups, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators. Tim is also a partner at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, O'Reilly's early stage venture firm, and is on the board of Safari Books OnlinePeerJCode for America, and Maker Media, which was recently spun out from O'Reilly Media.


A Silicon Valley veteran, Tom Paquin oversees product development at OnLive as its VP of engineering. With more than 20 years of management experience at leading technology companies, Tom has a successful track record of launching startups and establishing them as household names. Most notably, Tom helped found Netscape the company that popularized Web browsing and was named its first fellow.

Tom Paquin

A Silicon Valley veteran, Tom Paquin oversees product development at OnLive as its VP of engineering. With more than 20 years of management experience at leading technology companies, Tom has a successful track record of launching startups and establishing them as household names. Most notably, Tom helped found Netscape the company that popularized Web browsing and was named its first fellow.


Bruce Perens is one of the founders of the Open Source movement in software, and was the person to announce “Open Source” to the world. He created the Open Source Definition, the set of legal requirements for Open Source licensing which still stands today. Perens is presently CEO of Algoram, a start-up business which is producing a 50-1000 MHz software-defined radio transceiver, and of Legal Engineering, a legal-technical consultancy.

Bruce Perens

Bruce Perens is one of the founders of the Open Source movement in software, and was the person to announce “Open Source” to the world. He created the Open Source Definition, the set of legal requirements for Open Source licensing which still stands today. Perens is presently CEO of Algoram, a start-up business which is producing a 50-1000 MHz software-defined radio transceiver, and of Legal Engineering, a legal-technical consultancy.


Eric Steven Raymond, often referred to as ESR, is an American software developer, author of the widely cited 1997 essay and 1999 book The Cathedral and the Bazaar and other works, and open-source software advocate. He wrote a guidebook for the Roguelike game NetHack. In the 1990s, he edited and updated the Jargon File, currently in print as the The New Hacker's Dictionary.

Eric S. Raymond

Eric Steven Raymond, often referred to as ESR, is an American software developer, author of the widely cited 1997 essay and 1999 book The Cathedral and the Bazaar and other works, and open-source software advocate. He wrote a guidebook for the Roguelike game NetHack. In the 1990s, he edited and updated the Jargon File, currently in print as the The New Hacker's Dictionary.


Richard Matthew Stallman, often known by his initials, rms, is an American software freedom activist and programmer. He campaigns for software to be distributed in a manner such that its users receive the freedoms to use, study, distribute and modify that software. Software that ensures these freedoms is termed free software. Stallman launched the GNU Project, founded the Free Software Foundation, developed the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Emacs, and wrote the GNU General Public License.

Richard M. Stallman

Richard Matthew Stallman, often known by his initials, rms, is an American software freedom activist and programmer. He campaigns for software to be distributed in a manner such that its users receive the freedoms to use, study, distribute and modify that software. Software that ensures these freedoms is termed free software. Stallman launched the GNU Project, founded the Free Software Foundation, developed the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Emacs, and wrote the GNU General Public License.


Michael Tiemann is Vice President of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat, Inc., and former President of the Open Source Initiative. He was the Chief Technical Officer of Red Hat. He has served on a number of boards, including the Embedded Linux Consortium, the GNOME Foundation Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors of ActiveState Tool Corp. He is also co-owner with Amy Tiemann of Manifold Recording Studios.

Michael Tiemann

Michael Tiemann is Vice President of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat, Inc., and former President of the Open Source Initiative. He was the Chief Technical Officer of Red Hat. He has served on a number of boards, including the Embedded Linux Consortium, the GNOME Foundation Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors of ActiveState Tool Corp. He is also co-owner with Amy Tiemann of Manifold Recording Studios.


Linus Benedict Torvalds is a Finnish-American software engineer who is the creator and, for a long time, principal developer, of the Linux kernel, which became the kernel for operating systems (and many distributions of each) such as GNU and years later Android and Chrome OS. He also created the distributed revision control system git and the diving logging and planning software Subsurface.

Linus Torvalds

Linus Benedict Torvalds is a Finnish-American software engineer who is the creator and, for a long time, principal developer, of the Linux kernel, which became the kernel for operating systems (and many distributions of each) such as GNU and years later Android and Chrome OS. He also created the distributed revision control system git and the diving logging and planning software Subsurface.


Paul Vixie is an American Internet pioneer, the author of several RFCs and some Unix software. Vixie attended George Washington High School in San Francisco, California. He received a Ph.D in computer science from Keio University in 2011. He authored the standard UNIX system programs SENDS, proxynet, rtty and Vixie cron. At one point he ran his own consulting business, Vixie Enterprises.

Paul Vixie

Paul Vixie is an American Internet pioneer, the author of several RFCs and some Unix software. Vixie attended George Washington High School in San Francisco, California. He received a Ph.D in computer science from Keio University in 2011. He authored the standard UNIX system programs SENDS, proxynet, rtty and Vixie cron. At one point he ran his own consulting business, Vixie Enterprises.


Larry Wall is a computer programmer and author, most widely known as the creator of the Perl programming language. Wall developed the Perl interpreter and language while working for System Development Corporation, which later became part of Unisys. He is the co-author of Programming Perl (often referred to as the Camel Book and published by O'Reilly), which is the definitive resource for Perl programmers; and edited the Perl Cookbook. He then became employed full-time by O'Reilly Media to further develop Perl and write books on the subject.

Larry Wall

Larry Wall is a computer programmer and author, most widely known as the creator of the Perl programming language. Wall developed the Perl interpreter and language while working for System Development Corporation, which later became part of Unisys. He is the co-author of Programming Perl (often referred to as the Camel Book and published by O'Reilly), which is the definitive resource for Perl programmers; and edited the Perl Cookbook. He then became employed full-time by O'Reilly Media to further develop Perl and write books on the subject.


Robert "Bob" Young is a serial entrepreneur who is best known for founding Red Hat Inc., the open source software company. He is also the owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He attended Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria College at the University of Toronto.

Bob Young

Robert "Bob" Young is a serial entrepreneur who is best known for founding Red Hat Inc., the open source software company. He is also the owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He attended Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria College at the University of Toronto.


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