For CIOs and Product Develoment executives, this book explores the business
and economic issues associated with the world Linux and Open Source. This book
is less about technology and more about business and development processes.
Table of Contents
Disclaimer and Notices.
1. The Business of Linux and Open Source.
Linux Adoption. Crash Course in Linux and Open
Source Lingo. Linux Workloads. Business Benefits. Inhibitors to Linux Growth.
Who's Who in Open Source? Summary.
2. Linux—Heart of the Operating System.
The Operating System. The Linux Kernel. Kernel
Fragmentation (or Forking). Linux Kernel Development and Version Control.
Multi-Platform Support. Linux on the Desktop. Vertical and Horizontal
Scalability. Embedded Linux. Summary.
3. Open Source—Navigating the Legal Path to Freedom.
The Freedom to Be Open Source. The Open Source
Definition. Intellectual Property and Reciprocity. Dual-Licensing and Copyright
Ownership. Licenses—Open Source and Non-Open Source. Export and Cryptography.
Open Source Development Methodology. Summary.
4. Communities and Organizations.
Linux. Web Services and Application Servers.
Languages. Desktops and Office Productivity. Databases. Personal Digital
Assistants. Clusters. Organizations. Summary.
II. OPERATIONAL LINUX.
5. Distributions—Completing Linux.
Linux Distribution. Packages. Distribution
Vendors. Non-Linux Operating System Distributions. Creating Your Own
Distribution. Supporting Multiple Distributions. Standards. Summary.
6. The Cost of Linux and Open Source.
The Costs. Adapting to an Imperfect Solution.
Procuring Linux and Open Source Software. Modifying Open Source Software.
7. Standards—One Linux.
Why Standards? Free Standards Group. Linux
Standards Base. Linux Internationalization. Testing and Conformance. Specialized
Linux Distributions. Summary.
8. Operations—Using Linux and Open Source.
Deployment. Migration and Coexistence. Licensing
and Purchasing. Support. Training. Summary.
III. OPEN SOURCE IN BUSINESS.
9. The Corporate Bazaar.
The Cathedral and the Bazaar. Structure Follows
Strategy. Structural Bazaar. Other Structural Elements. Gated Communities. Risks
and Issues. Summary.
10. Value as a Function of Time.
Pharmaceutical Industry. Open Source Effect on
Software. Devaluation as a Competitive Advantage. Value Stuck in Time. Summary.
11. Business Models—Making Money.
Know Your Value. Commercial Software and Linux.
Support and Services Tied to Open Source. Aggregating and Enhancing.
Commercializing with a Dual-License. Hardware. End-of-Life Model. Building an
12. Integrating Open Source Into Your Business.
Outbound Open Source. Inbound Open Source. IT
Development. Indemnification. Summary.
13. Human Resources—Getting Top Talent.
Employment Contracts. Participation Policies.
Hiring the Right Person. Structuring the Teams. Hiring Visible Leaders. Summary.
Appendix A. References and Resources.
Appendix B. Sample Copyright
Appendix C. The GNU General Public License Reference.