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Linux Journal: The Business and Economics of Linux and Open Source: a Book Review

Dec 17, 2002, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

"The Business and Economics of Linux and Open Source is written for executives whose companies produce software and for IT managers who must choose and/or deploy this software within their companies. It introduces both free and open-source software (OSS), but predictably, the book focuses mostly on the latter. In spite of this, actually, for these reasons, I'd also recommend the book to hackers, for reasons that will be clear later in this review.

"Part 1 covers the basics of what a kernel is and how Linux is developed, provides definitions of free software and OSS, explains how they deal with intellectual property and copyright, and discusses which licenses are available.

"Part 2, titled 'Operational Linux', discusses Linux and OSS deployment in a company, making clear when and why this is a good thing. The book presents all options, from installing an existing distribution to creating a custom one. All phases of deployment are covered, from migration to procurement, and all support options are examined in detail, from commercial to internal..."

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