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These days everyone is talking about Linux. But does Linux and other Open Source software really make good business sense? What are the opportunities -- and risks? This book provides the answers. Written by Donald K. Rosenberg, a respected Open Source authority, it provides a clear, objective analysis of all the critical business issues, from reliability and licensing concerns to opportunities and challenges down the more

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  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 24mm | 458.13g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • w. figs.
  • 0764546600
  • 9780764546600

About Donald K. Rosenberg

Donald K. Rosenberg, Ph.D., MBA, is president of Stromian Technologies, an international consultancy for OEM software licensing. A fifteen-year veteran of the software industry, he speaks frequently on Open Source issues at conferences and more

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PART I: OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE IS LINUX...AND MORE.Chapter 1: The Origins of Open Source Software.In the Beginning....The 1960s and early 1970s - datapriests and hippies.The 1970s - The MIT Al laboratory.The 1980s - UNIX and the great betrayal.The 1990s - the arrival of Linux.The Intersection of Hackers and the Real World.What is Open Source and why does it crave world domination?Free software and Open Source software.Chapter 2: Commercializing Open Source Software.Open Source Creates Private Wealth.Origins of the Internet.Familiar software of the Internet.Privatization of publicly funded technology.The Browser Wars.Netscape goes Open Source.Microsoft as "the enemy".PART II: OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE IN YOUR BUSINESS.Chapter 3: Benefits and Cost of Open Source in Your Business.The Technology Adoption Life Cycle.Corporations.UNIX companies lead.What about NT companies?Some cost comparisons.The real savings.Training and support."The Network is the Computer".Small Businesses and Sole Proprietors.Chapter 4: Available Products and More to Come.Office Suites.Applixware Office.Corel Office.StarOffice.SmartWare 2000 and GoldMedal.Emerging suites.The Windows question.Word Processors and Spreadsheets.WordPerfect.AbiWord.Spreadsheets.Databases.Missing Products.Graphical Products and Interfaces.UNIX separates the GUI from the application.KDE and GNOME.Scientific Products.Chapter 5: Linux vs. Windows.The Competition with NT.Web servers.Servers in general.Values - Linux versus NT.Microsoft Slaps at Linux.Benchmarking.The Halloween Papers.PART III: OPEN SOURCE LICENSING: DOES IT HAVE TO BE THIS HARD?Chapter 6: The GNU GPL and the Open Source Definition.The Copyrighting and Licensing of Software.The GNU General Public License.GNU GPL rights.Effects of the GNU GPL.The Library General Public License.The Open Source Definition.Some important Open Source licenses.Are Open Source Licenses Legal?Chapter 7: Complications of Open Source Licensing.What Is Forking and What Causes It?Because you can.The role of licenses.The Perl Artistic License.Freedom to fork converges with freedom from forking.Alternate Licensing and Licensing Dependency.The foundation - an operating system under the GNU GPL.The middle layer - A: toolkits.The middle layer - B: extensions and libraries for toolkits.The top layer - tools and applications.PART IV: LINUX IS MOVING UP...AND DOWN.Chapter 8: The Drive Toward the Mainframe.High Performance.Beowulf.Symmetric Multi-Processing.Availability.Linux Virtual Server.Linux on the mainframe.Linux and enterprise computing.Chapter 9: The Secret Battlefield: Embedded Systems.Background and Advantages.Some Embedded Systems and Tools.Business models.Licensing issues.Standards.Some implementations.PART V: OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE AS YOUR BUSINESS.Chapter 10: The Platform: Software and Hardware.Linux Distributions.Custom Software.Cygnus Solutions.Precision Insight (PI).sourceXchange and and Integrated Systems.Hardware.Integrators.Support, training, and certification.Chapter 11: The Applications: Non-Traditional Business Models.Double-Breasted Applications and Consulting.Ajuba Solutions.Perl.Digital Creations (Zope) and Lutris Technologies (Enhydra).A unique model?Chapter 12: The Proprietary Software Business: New Opportunities...and Pressures.Linux Distributions.Office Suites and Horizontal Applications.Niche Products.PART VI: The Future of Open Source.Chapter 13: Companies and Projects.Open Source Opportunities.World Domination by Whom?Red Hat vs. Sun Microsystems.IBM.Standards in the non-Linux world.Standards in the Linux world.Red Hat and everyone else.The Red Hat standard and the Linuxstandard base.Follow That Lizard! The Mozilla Project.Chapter 14: Intellectual Property.Community Power.The Coming IP Struggle.Coming IP Issues to Look For.The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA).The Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA).Patents.We're All Geeks more

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