Open Source: Technology and Policy

Open Source: Technology and Policy

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By (author) Fadi P. Deek, By (author) James A. McHugh

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 382 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 25mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 052188103X
  • ISBN 13: 9780521881036

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From the Internet's infrastructure to operating systems like GNU/Linux, the open source movement comprises some of the greatest accomplishments in computing over the past quarter century. Its story embraces technological advances, unprecedented global collaboration, and remarkable tools for facilitating distributed development. The evolution of the Internet enabled an enormous expansion of open development, allowing developers to exchange information and ideas without regard to constraints of space, time, or national boundary. The movement has had widespread impact on education and government, as well as historic cultural and commercial repercussions. Part I discusses key open source applications, platforms, and technologies used in open development. Part II explores social issues ranging from demographics and psychology to legal and economic matters. Part III discusses the Free Software Foundation, open source in the public sector (government and education), and future prospects.

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Fadi P. Deek received his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He is Dean of the College of Science and Liberal Arts and Professor of Information Systems, Information Technology, and Mathematical Sciences at NJIT, where he began his academic career as a Teaching Assistant in 1985. He is also a member of the Graduate Faculty - Rutgers University Ph.D. Program in Management. James A. M. McHugh received his Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. During the course of his career, he has been a member of technical staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories (Wave Propagation Laboratory), Director of the Ph.D. program in computer science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Acting Chair of Computer and Information Science Department at NJIT, and Director of the Program in Information Technology. He is currently a tenured Full Professor in the Computer Science Department at NJIT.

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'Provide[s] a well laid out review of the open source movement, including its technologies, policies, and impact and implications. ... Overall, this book ties together the many interlocking pieces within the development and history of the open source movement.' A. Hollister, CHOICE 'The authors lay out the issues around a variety of open source topics in a clear, accessible prose.' Michele Tepper, Resources '... A thorough effort ... One of the most rigorous treatments of the social, legal and economic aspects of open source I have come across. I found the language used in the book accessible and inviting to readers from a range of backgrounds, both technical and non-technical. I recommend this book for anyone interested in open source and ideal for readers new to it.' The British Computer Society 'This book, is a recommended as a comprehensive introduction to the free software/open source ecosystem.' Andrew Katz, Magazine of the Society for Computers and Law 'This book should be useful to anyone using open source software technology or defining policies for it.' StickyMinds.com Books Guide

Table of contents

1. Introduction; Part I. Open Source - Internet Infrastructure, Platforms, and Technologies: 2. Open source Internet application projects; 3. The open source platform; 4. Technologies underlying open source development; Part II. Social, Psychological, Legal, and Economic Aspects of Open Source: 5. Demographics, sociology, and pyschology of open source development; 6. Legal issues in open source; 7. The economics of open source; Part III. Free Software: The Movement, the Public Sector, and the Future: 8. The GNU project and the free software foundation; 9. Open source in the public sector; 10. The future of the open source movement.