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LinuxValue: Russell Pavlicek on the Sanity of Open Source Development

Dec 24, 2003, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elizabeth Ferrarini)

"If you're in the trenches trying to convince your IT executives to move some key business applications to Linux and open source software, you might quietly drop a copy of Russell C. Pavlicek's book on their chair. Embracing Insanity: Open Source Software Development provides a sprightly written, non-technical account of where the open source movement comes from, what motivates its participants, and what fuels the movement. However, the book isn't just about the folklore of open source. It's really an argument for the business realities--pro and con--that underlie this movement.

"Pavlicek definitely knows his way around the open source community. He spent several years as Compaq Corp.'s Linux evangelist for professional services, has spoken on the topic of Linux in business for more than 20 venues since 2000, and wrote a column for InfoWorld for several years about Open Source. For the past four years, Pavlicek has been a weekly panelist on The Linux Show Webcast.

"Pavlicek graciously took a moment to give an update on many of the issues he discusses in his book..."

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