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New release of "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" is available

Jul 29, 1999, 14:42 (1 Talkback[s])
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Eric S. Raymond writes:

I have made a new version of CatB available on the writings page at my site. This is the first significant revision of the paper since the immediate aftermath of the Mozilla announcement in early February of last year. It incorporates some of the best of the insights into bazaar development that I've been sent over the last two years, and includes an entire new section "On Management and the Maginot Line".

I suppose this is as good a time as any to announce that I have a handshake agreement with Tim O'Reilly to do a "Cathedral and Bazaar" book for release this fall. The book will include expanded and revised versions of CatB, "Homesteading the Noosphere", "The Magic Cauldron", and "A Brief History of Hackerdom" -- knit together, we hope, into a whole even more than the sum of its parts. Other new material may also be included.

Essentially the entire book will also be Web-accessible. Of course, this choice reflects the practice and philosophy of open source; I mean to use the power of peer review to improve my description of it. So you will see more revisions of my papers coming out for comment before LinuxWorld.

Finally, it may be of interest that Tim wants to cloth-bind this puppy and aim it straight at the business-book bestseller lists. Please wish us luck at this; the people a glossy CatB book reaches just could give open source a substantial boost towards world domination :-).