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The Cathedral & The Bazaar by Eric S. Raymond

 
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<pre>Author/s : Eric S. Raymond
Publisher : O'Reilly
Category : Other
Review by : Mark A. Herschberg
Rating : 7 horseshoes
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This book is a must read for anyone involved with open source software. Eric S. Raymond is truly the voice of the open source movement.
This book contains his major essays on open source software. The Centerpiece are 3 essays. The first discusses why open source software works and can challenge closed software for institutions and private companies. He then goes on to describe the workings of open source projects and what the major protocols are for claiming and working within that space. The third essay describes the economic models which Raymond believes can make open source project financially viable.
The essays are easy to read an insightful. Even people who aren't involved in open source projects directly, should consider reading these essays in order to better appreciate the growth effect the open source movement is having in the field of software.
In the tradition of open source, the central essays are available online, and can be found at http://tuxedo.org/~esr/writings/ I found the essays so stimulating that I bought the book anyway. (There is a little more to the book which isn't online, as well.)
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