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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (Feb. 11 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596001088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596001087
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #336,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd A. Conway on Aug. 15 2002
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Eric Raymond is the Margaret Mead of the Open Source movement. His analysis of the gift culture as a model for explaining why hackers write software without recieving direct financial compensation is original, and as far as I know, unique. The economic implications are vast: if programmers write programs as a hobby, and do not stand in need of income for doing so (assume that they have day jobs), with rewards being in the form of status and reputation, then why buy the equivalent of what they're giving away?
Linux is the focus of this branch of the hacker-programming movement, which can also be seen at work in Apache and Java. The nature of the movement - everyone agreeing to play by Open Source rules, a leader (Linus Torvalds) who sets goals but does not exert formal authority, and a market (the Bazaar) where knowledge is dispersed throughout, reminds one of the Austrian Economists, who believed that a system operating as a spontaneous order would show greater productivity than a command economy, because of the exponentially greater amount of brain power in use. Raymond makes much the same point, when he argues that, "With enough eyes, all bugs are shallow."
For Microsoft, this is a deadly threat. Proprietary software and operating systems are expensive, to develop and to buy. If Open Source products are seen as being of like kind and quality, them software becomes a commodity, and branded, proprietary products, and the businesses that sell them, are facing inevitible decline in their core market.
If Raymond's thesis is correct (I believe, as a layman, that it is), then by 2010, Windows may have gone the way of the British Empire - living in memore (digital or otherwise) only.
-LLoyd A. Conway
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Classic (now) book gives a great explanation of just how come Open Source software has taken the software world by storm. Eric is an old school hacker who has been around forever and gives an real feel for what exciting times they were when OSS started to fly.
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By Santosh Raghavan on Dec 21 2001
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This is a pretty awesome book. ESR shines as a master historian of unix/open src/linux and the hacker culture.
a must read for any hacker at heart.
santy
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this collection of eric's papers is a wonderful start for anyone intersted in the open source "revolution." i suggest visiting his website also. eric's view on software development/management will change the way anyone thinks about the process and appreciate the power of the internet. also the word "hacker" won't strike one as a criminal anymore. great book.
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