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Chapters.ca: Tim O'Reilly in a Nutshell

May 27, 2000, 19:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dena Brooker)

"The legendary computer book publisher talks about software patents, e-books and the O'Reilly philosophy"

"We're not just about computers or computer books," says Tim O'Reilly, president and founder of O'Reilly & Associates. "We're really about solving information problems. Our core mission is transferring information from people who have it to people who need it." It's a philosophy that has helped O'Reilly expand his company from a smallish tech writing consulting firm to one of the most respected publishers in the computer book business."

"Founded in 1978, the company published its first computer book in 1985. "As a consulting company, you have downtime," O'Reilly recalls. "I figured we might as well do something useful while we didn't have paying work, so we started writing manuals for programs we were using that didn't have very good documentation."

"Along the way, O'Reilly - the company and the man - became well-known supporters of open source software, in which programmers share the all-important software source code. Beyond publishing books on Perl, Linux and other open source languages, in 1998, O'Reilly founded the annual Open Source Convention."

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