- Taschenbuch: 296 Seiten
- Verlag: O'Reilly & Associates; Auflage: 1 (22. Februar 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1565925823
- ISBN-13: 978-1565925823
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,8 x 1,8 x 23,3 cm
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Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 22. Februar 1999
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Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution is a fascinating look at the raging debate that is its namesake. Filled with writings from the central players--from Linux creator Linus Torvalds to Perl creator Larry Wall--the book convinces the reader of the overwhelming merits of freeing up the many iterations of software's source code.
The open-source movement has become a cause célèbre in light of the widespread adoption of Linux, Perl, and Apache as well as its corporate support from Netscape, IBM, and Oracle--and strongly felt opposition from Microsoft. Open Sources doesn't address why these Microsoft foes are throwing their weight behind the movement. Instead, it focuses on the history and philosophy of open-source software (previously referred to as freeware) as an argument for shaping the future of programming. Open Sources is much larger than just a fight with any one company. Instead, it is a revolutionary call to release software development from the vested interests that label new directions in software development as threatening.
This is not to say that opening the source code is an entirely egalitarian and communistic endeavor. These are programmers and startup owners; they want to be able to continue to program for a living. To that end, Open Sources contains strong business profiles from entrepreneurs such as Apache's--and now, O'Reilly & Associates'--Brian Behlendorf, who discusses how to give away software in order to lure customers in for specialized versions. In many ways, this is a hands-on guide, displaying an insider's view of the development process and providing specifics on testing details and altering licensing agreements. However, interspersed with tech talk is a reader-friendly guide for those interested in the future of software development. --Jennifer Buckendorff
Freely available source code, with contributions from thousands of programmers around the world: this is the spirit of the software revolution known as Open Source. In this text, leaders of Open Source come together to discuss the new vision of the software industry they have created, through essays that explain how the movement works, why it succeeds, and where it is going.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The essays in Open Sources are a mixed bag. Kirk McKusick's history of Berkeley UNIX is great, as is Michael Tiemann's history of Cygnus Solutions, RMS's article about the GNU project, and Bruce Perens' article about licensing issues. Also, I really enjoyed the transcript of the infamous 1992 flame war between Linus and Andy Tanenbaum about the merits of Linux vs. Minix. On the other hand, Paul Vixie's article about software engineering is pretty random, Larry Wall's article does not seem to have a point at all, and Eric Raymond's
second article and Tom Paquin's account of the open-sourcing of Netscape are too self-serving to be useful.
Overall, I enjoyed this book quite a bit. However, the year that has passed since its publication has exposed some of the more outlandish predictions made by its contributors (Eric Raymond said that Windows 2000 would either be canceled or be a complete disaster). My guess is that Open Sources is not destined to become a classic. Rather, in a few years it will be viewed as an interesting but somewhat naive period piece.
Mind you, it's not a scientific or very theoretical book, but it does have some opinions and theories in it (Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, Bruce Perens, Tim O'Reilly).
So, if you like theory on software development, it's a definite buy. If you're a hacker already, well maybe, but you might already know parts of it.
Finally, there is definitely some anti-MS sentiment in there. However maybe it's just anti-baddd-software. Anyway, just so you know....
As far as I am concerned: buy, buy, BUY!
BTW, a previous Amazon reviewer was really down on the book because it heavily criticizes Microsoft and it assumes some background knowledge in business and software. These are unfounded claims: I have no clue about business but was easily able to figure out the *tiny* amount of specific jargon from context. Likewise, I think any intelligent person could do the same with the technology presented here. When it does get a little more technical the publisher put that material in a separate appendix in the back. And of course this book is going to criticize Microsoft -- after all, Microsoft is extremely upset about what has been revealed in public about their business practices, courtesy of the DOJ trial, and they take this out on the open source community--see the "Halloween Documents" or the Wall Street Journal on Microsoft's Linux "hit team", for example. I would not consider the book to have a critical eye towards Microsoft so much as a description of an attempt to rescue a crucial market from the crisis that it is now in. Er, let's face it: a great new way to make money and feel good about yourself. :^)
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