"If you've kept one eye open watching industry news the past
week or two, you've seen the stories about Bruce Perens and his
open-source licensed book series with Prentice Hall. I'll get in a
few words on that book series later in the column, but first I'll
try to put things in context.
"Bruce Perens is a fascinating individual, and he probably knows
his way around the suit side of the house better than any other
leading figure in the free/open-source software movements. I had
the chance to visit with Perens for nearly an hour last week. I
couldn't help but get off-topic. In addition to the books, I was
supposed to be talking to him about his consulting work, grants and
donations--you know, the things he has been doing to try to keep
food on the table since his departure from HP.
"However, as I mentioned, Perens is very interesting. The more I
asked him, the more I wanted to hear his thoughts on other things.
If he hadn't had to keep an appointment with the New York Times a
half-hour after our interview was supposed to end, I might still be
asking him questions..."