The Business and Economics of Linux and Open Source

Martin Fink

  • 出版商: Prentice Hall
  • 出版日期: 2002-09-30
  • 售價: $2,061
  • 貴賓價: 9.5$1,958
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 242
  • 裝訂: Paperback
  • ISBN: 0130476773
  • ISBN-13: 9780130476777
  • 相關分類: LinuxEconomy 經濟學




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.


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. Summary.

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.


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 Ecosystem. Summary.

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 Assignment.
Appendix C. The GNU General Public License Reference.