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..."