Free Open Source books

Below is the list of free open source books:

Innovation Happens Elsewhere
Free online book Innovation Happens Elsewhere: Open Source as Business Strategy is intended for anyone considering using Open Source. It describes what open source is, discusses business reasons for using open source, and describes how an open source project works in a day-to-day manner.
Producing Open Source Software
Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project is a book about the human side of open source development. It describes how successful projects operate, the expectations of users and developers, and the culture of free software.
Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing
Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing bridges the gap between the open source vision and the practical implications of its legal underpinnings. If open source and free software licenses interest you, this book will help you understand them. If you’re an open source/free software developer, this book is an absolute necessity.
Free as in Freedom
Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman’s Crusade for Free Software interweaves biographical snapshots of GNU project founder Richard Stallman with the political, social and economic history of the free software movement. It examines Stallman’s unique personality and how that personality has been at turns a driving force and a drawback in terms of the movement’s overall success.
Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution
Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution is a fascinating look at the raging debate that is its namesake. Filled with writings from the central players–from Linux creator Linus Torvalds to Perl creator Larry Wall–the book convinces the reader of the overwhelming merits of freeing up the many iterations of software’s source code.
Open Source Democracy
Open Source Democracy: How online communication is changing offline politics includes the following chapters: Introduction, From Moses to modems:Demystifying the storytelling and taking control, Electronic community:From birth to backlash, The opportunity for renaissance, Networked democracy, Open source:Imagining network democracy and Conclusion.
Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman
The intersection of ethics, law, business and computer software is the subject of these essays and speeches by MacArthur Foundation Grant winner, Richard M. Stallman. This collection includes historical writings such as The GNU Manifesto, which defined and launched the activist Free Software Movement, along with new writings on hot topics in copyright, patent law, and the controversial issue of “trusted computing.”
Open Source: The Unauthorized White Papers
This book is for general readers and computer users who wish the entire subjects of Open Source and Linux would sit still in one place long enough for them to get a look at it.
A Guide To Open Content Licences
This free pdf book covers the following topics: The Black and White (and Grey) of Copyright, Copyleft Contextualised, General Characteristics of Open Content Licenses, Mapping Out the Domain of Open Content Licenses and A Comparative Guide to Key Open Content Licenses.
Free Software for Busy People
Six characters from different backgrounds will help illustrate the uses of Free Software in different settings. It is worth reading about all their examples to get ideas for your own situation. The author of this free book does a good job of explaining why ordinary people will benefit from open source.
Open Source Licensing
A complete guide to the law of open source for developers, managers, and lawyers. This free book clearly explains the intellectual property laws that support open source licensing, carefully reviews today’s leading licenses, and helps you make the best choices for your project or organization.
Texinfo: The GNU Documentation Format, for Version 4
This tutorial is the authoritative text for the official documentation formatting language used for all GNU Project manuals. It assumes no previous Texinfo knowledge and includes many examples and exercises.
Open Sources 2.0
Free book from O’Reilly Commons. Open Sources 2.0 is a collection of insightful and thought-provoking essays from today’s technology leaders that continues painting the evolutionary picture that developed in the 1999 book Open Sources: Voices from the Revolution .
Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software
Free pdf book from the MIT press. What is the status of the Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) revolution? Has the creation of software that can be freely used, modified, and redistributed transformed industry and society, as some predicted, or is this transformation still a work in progress? Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software brings together leading analysts and researchers to address this question, examining specific aspects of F/OSS in a way that is both scientifically rigorous and highly relevant to real-life managerial and technical concerns.
How Open is the Future
How Open Is the Future?: Economic, Social & Cultural Scenarios Inspired by Free & Open-Source Software can be downloaded in pdf format for free. With the rise of the internet and the growing concern over intellectual property, this study provides an open, constructive platform for a wide range of lawyers, artists, journalists, and activists to discuss their views on the future of free and open-source software. By exchanging both complementary and conflicting opinions, the contributors look ahead to the evolution, prospects, and issues of sharing knowledge and ideas through technology.

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