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Innovation Happens Elsewhere : Open Source as Business Strategy - Ron Goldman

Innovation Happens Elsewhere

Open Source as Business Strategy

Paperback Published: 11th April 2005
ISBN: 9781558608894
Number Of Pages: 424

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It's a plain fact: regardless of how smart, creative, and innovative your organization is, there are more smart, creative, and innovative people outside your organization than inside. Open source offers the possibility of bringing more innovation into your business by building a creative community that reaches beyond the barriers of the business. The key is developing a web-driven community where new types of collaboration and creativity can flourish. Since 1998 Ron Goldman and Richard Gabriel have been helping groups at Sun Microsystems understand open source and advising them on how to build successful communities around open source projects. In this book the authors present lessons learned from their own experiences with open source, as well as those from other well-known projects such as Linux, Apache, and Mozilla.

* Winner of 2006 Jolt Productivity Award for General Books
* Describes how open source development works and offers persuasive reasons for using it to help achieve business goals.
* Shows how to use open source in day-to-day work, discusses the various licenses in use, and describes what makes for a successful project.
* Written in an engaging style for executives, managers, and engineers that addresses the human and business issues involved in open source development as well as its history, philosophy, and future

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"Innovation Happens Elsewhere is at least as important for those who have no interest in software as those who do, because in the details of the history and practice of the open source community lie clues to the institutional adaptations of the information economy; in the clauses of the various software licenses lie the case law that will come to define property in the information age. There are other books that have a great deal to say about this evolution, but none combines the personal experience and inside-out insight to be gained from the engagement of Ron Goldman and Richard Gabriel in so many flesh-and-blood open source projects and the development of the structures that have supported them." - from the foreword by Chris Meyer, Monitor Group

Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Introductionp. 1
Open Source: A Different Way of Doing Businessp. 1
Innovation Happens Elsewherep. 2
Jumping Inp. 4
Understanding Open Sourcep. 5
Communitiesp. 9
Who This Book Is Intended Forp. 12
Open Source as Business Strategyp. 14
Innovation Happens Elsewherep. 15
Open Source Is a Commonsp. 15
Can the Commons Make a Difference?p. 16
The Commons and Softwarep. 18
Open versus Closedp. 18
Use of the Commons: Creativity and Conversationsp. 19
Innovation Happens Elsewherep. 27
What Is Open Source?p. 29
Open Source in Briefp. 29
Philosophical Tenets of Open Sourcep. 32
Open Source and Agile Methodologiesp. 39
Common Open-Source Myths, Misconceptions, and Questionsp. 45
Open Source and Communityp. 52
The Secret of Why Open Source Worksp. 60
Variations on Open Source: Gated Communities and Internal Open Sourcep. 67
Open Source: Why Do They Do It?p. 71
What Is Open Source?p. 73
Why Consider Open Source?p. 75
Business Reasons for Choosing to Open Source Your Codep. 76
Creating Your Business Model and Following Through with Itp. 99
Measuring Successp. 100
An Example: The Innovation Happens Elsewhere Strategyp. 101
Business Reasons for Using Open-Source Productsp. 106
Why Consider Open Source?p. 110
Licensesp. 111
What a License Doesp. 113
What a License Does Not Dop. 114
More on Copyright ...p. 114
... And a Quick Word on Patentsp. 115
The Licensesp. 116
Dual Licensingp. 128
Supplementing the License-Contributor Agreementsp. 130
Licenses for Documentationp. 131
Licensesp. 135
How To Do Open-Source Developmentp. 137
The Infrastructure Needed for an Open-Source Projectp. 138
Software Life Cyclep. 147
Building a Communityp. 158
Ending an Open-Source Projectp. 175
Joining an Existing Open-Source Projectp. 177
Open Source within a Companyp. 181
How to Do Open-Source Developmentp. 183
Going with Open Sourcep. 185
Deciding to Do Open Sourcep. 185
How to Prepare to Do Open Source at Your Companyp. 187
Getting Approval from Your Companyp. 205
Problems You Can Expect to Encounterp. 217
Going with Open Sourcep. 222
How To Build Momentump. 223
Marketing Your Projectp. 224
Focus on Your Users and Contributorsp. 229
Community Outreachp. 245
Harvesting Innovationp. 247
Welcome the Unexpectedp. 248
What To Avoid-Known Problems and Failuresp. 249
Not Understanding Open Sourcep. 249
Don't Needlessly Duplicate an Existing Effortp. 251
Licensing Issuesp. 254
Design Issuesp. 255
Code Issuesp. 256
Trying to Control Too Muchp. 259
Marketing Issuesp. 263
Tension between an Open-Source Project and the Rest of Your Companyp. 265
Community Issuesp. 267
Lack of Resourcesp. 269
Recovering from Mistakesp. 270
Closing Thoughtsp. 273
Resourcesp. 281
Further Readingp. 281
Websites of Interestp. 282
Toolsp. 283
Licensesp. 283
Licensesp. 285
Apache Software Licensep. 286
Artistic Licensep. 290
Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD)p. 293
FreeBSD Documentation Licensep. 294
GNU Free Documentation License (FDL)p. 295
GNU General Public License (GPL)p. 301
GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL)p. 307
IBM Common Public License (CPL)p. 315
Microsoft Shared Source License for CLI, C# and JScriptp. 319
Microsoft Shared Source License for Windows CE.Netp. 321
MIT or X Licensep. 324
Mozilla Public License (MPL)p. 325
Open Publication Licensep. 333
Sun Community Source License (SCSL)p. 335
Sun Industry Standards Source License (SISSL)p. 350
Sun Public Documentation License (PDL)p. 356
Contributor Agreementsp. 361
Apache Contributor Agreementp. 362
Free Software Foundation Copyright Assignment Formp. 365
Mozilla Contributor Assignmentp. 369
OpenOffice.org Contributor Assignmentp. 371
Project JXTA Contributor Assignmentp. 373
Codename Spinnakerp. 377
Bibliographyp. 383
Indexp. 387
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ISBN: 9781558608894
ISBN-10: 1558608893
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 11th April 2005
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.1  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 1.02