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32BitsOnline: A Review of Open Source: The Unauthorized White Papers

Jan 16, 2001, 22:21 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Beimler)

"Open Source: The Unauthorized White Papers, written by Donald K. Rosenberg, is a well-written and comprehensive businessperson's perspective of the Open Source movement and its future. I would recommend this book as a comprehensive guide for business students and Corporate IT managers alike. Within its pages are the futures of IT businesses and all businesses impacted by the computer hardware and software industries. Strong words, but this book contains business models and information that cannot be ignored in the coming millenium."

"There is a lot of confusion in the business community about how Open Source and Linux will fit into the current business structures. Open Source: The Unauthorized White Papers clears up the lingering questions on the differing licenses, non-traditional business models, and why the mascot for Linux is a penguin, among other things. Most importantly, it gives concrete, real-world examples of businesses and individuals that are adopting Open Source software into their businesses, as well as their lives."

"Jon "maddog" Hall, a proponent and leader of the Open Source movement, writes the foreword of this book in a thoughtful, yet amusing manner, setting up questions that the book goes on to answer. One of the best features of this book is that there are many pointers to the Internet (where Open Source lives), including a Web site and e-mail address for feedback on the book. These links are especially important with the fast moving nature of Open Source. This book was released in August of 2000, and things have already changed in the short time since then."

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