osOpinion: Open Source Software and Documents: A Literature and Online Resource Review
Jun 30, 2000, 05:46 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Open source software (OSS) and open source documents (OSD) are
a rising star in technology today. The term "open source" was
coined merely two years ago (1998), and is now a media buzzword
(Raymond, 205). With its rapidly growing market share and corporate
and public interest to match, open source as a concept will not
stay a fringe phenomenon for long; in fact, it is rapidly entering
the mainstream. This literature and online resource review is a
starting point for anyone interested in the subject."
"Since open source is relatively novel (as far as the
mainstream, non-hacker culture is concerned) and largely exists
online, there are only two printed works on the subject-and most of
the material in these two books is also freely available online.
One of the things that make the open source movement so unusual
is that as it has developed over the last twenty years or so, it
has done little self-documenting. This is one reason that Eric
S. Raymond , self-appointed chief advocate for open source, wrote
his now-famous essay "The Cathedral and the Bazaar."