Wednesday, March 3, 2010

5 open source and free software books that are worth your time

Aside from the book Open Source Licensing and Intellectual Property, there are other freely available books that will enrich your knowledge and understanding of the concept of  Free Software and Open Source. The following are 5 of such books that are worth your time.

As the name suggests, you probably do not have time to read through a 500 page book so as to understand FOSS, right? Then this is your book. According to the author, this book is focused on cost-effective uses of computers. I assume that you are not a computer professional – but if you have used email or the web in the past, then you know enough to make use of Free Software. This book will show you how." Worth your time.

The author of this book aims at showing us how the advent of the computer and the Internet have given rise to the expansion of the academic/scholarly notions of sharing, and how this in turn has brought us free and open software, which will bring about a major change in the way we do business.

Licensing is a major part of what open source and free software are all about, but it's still one of the most complicated areas of law. Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing explains your licensing options, how they compare and interoperate, and how license choices affect project possibilities. If you're an open source/free software developer, this book is an absolute necessity.

What is the status of the Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) revolution? Has the creation of software that can be freely used, modified, and redistributed transformed industry and society, as some predicted, or is this transformation still a work in progress? Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software brings together leading analysts and researchers to address this question, examining specific aspects of F/OSS in a way that is both scientifically rigorous and highly relevant to real-life managerial and technical concerns.

It is common to argue that intellectual property in the form of copyright and patent is necessary for the innovation and creation of ideas and inventions such as machines, drugs, computer software, books, music, literature and movies. In fact intellectual property is a government grant of a costly and dangerous private monopoly over ideas. We show through theory and example that intellectual monopoly is not necessary for innovation and as a practical matter is damaging to growth, prosperity and liberty.

EDIT- Please note that because of the Apture plugin I'm using on this blog, you'd have to right-click and choose save as to download the direct PDF linked books. 

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