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The Register: Perens, Prentice Deliver Open Source Books

Jan 06, 2003, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"'I'm either the anti-Tim, or the Peter Norton of Linux,' says Bruce Perens, who's convinced a major book publisher to go open source for the first time, applying an open software license to their publications.

"The first of Prentice Hall's initial series of seven Open Content-licensed books are already in the stores with the first two titles covering eCos, Linux development and a third on intrusion detection slated for March. All will be open and extensible electronic books: it's good manners, but not mandatory to inform the author of the changes under the terms of the license.

"It's another triumph for the backroom diplomacy of Perens, who with Eben Moglen and Larry Rosen helped negotiate a workable royalty-free patent policy for the World Wide Web Consortium. Perens was wryly noting his own prominence on the books' jackets, which give him top billing, and the name--'Bruce Perens' Open Source Series'--and he added that he doesn't have a bone to pick with Tim O'Reilly..."

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