The Cathedral & the Bazaar
Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary
By Eric S. Raymond
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: October 1999
Pages: 279

"This is how we did it." --Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel

It all started with a series of odd statistics. The leading challenger to Microsoft's stranglehold on the computer industry is an operating system called Linux, the product of thousands of volunteer programmers who collaborate over the Internet. The software behind a majority of all the world's web sites doesn't come from a big company either, but from a loosely coordinated group of volunteer programmers called the Apache Group. The Internet itself, and much of its core software, was developed through a process of networked collaboration.

The key to these stunning successes is a movement that has come to be called open source, because it depends on the ability of programmers to freely share their program source code so that others can improve it. In 1997, Eric S. Raymond outlined the core principles of this movement in a manifesto called "The Cathedral and the Bazaar," which was published and freely redistributed over the Internet.

Mr. Raymond's thinking electrified the computer industry. He argues that the development of the Linux operating system by a loose confederation of thousands of programmers--without central project management or control--turns on its head everything we thought we knew about software project management. Internet-enabled collaboration and free information sharing, not monopolistic control, is the key to innovation and product quality.

This idea was interesting to more than programmers and software project leaders. It suggested a whole new way of doing business, and the possibility of unprecedented shifts in the power structures of the computer industry.

The rush to capitalize on the idea of open source started with Netscape's decision to release its flagship Netscape Navigator product under open source licensing terms in early 1998. Before long, Fortune 500 companies like Intel, IBM, and Oracle were joining the party. By August 1999, when the leading Linux distributor, Red Hat Software, made its hugely successful public stock offering, it had become clear that open source was "the next big thing" in the computer industry.

This revolutionary book starts out with "A Brief History of Hackerdom"--the historical roots of the open-source movement--and details the events that led to the recognition of the power of open source. It contains the full text of "The Cathedral & the Bazaar," updated and expanded for this book, plus Mr. Raymond's other key essays on the social and economic dynamics of open source software development.

Open source is the competitive advantage in the Internet Age. The Cathedral & the Bazaar is a must for anyone who cares about the computer industry or the dynamics of the information economy. Already, billions of dollars have been made and lost based on the ideas in this book. Its conclusions will be studied, debated, and implemented for years to come.

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Insightful view of the Open Source phenomenon

I had a chance to read Eric Raymond's essay, "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" about a year ago and was fascinated by it. I hadn't given much thought to the concept of "open source" products. When I found out there was a book out with related essays, I knew I had to read it because I found the concept fascinating.

Raymond doesn't dissapoint in this book, which is a series of his essays about Open Source and its most popular product, the Linux Operating System. The essays include "A Brief History of Hackerdom" (which gives a capsule history of hackers and takes great pains to explain the difference between hackers and the much-hated "crackers"); the main essay, and essays titled Homesteading the Noosphere and The Magic Cauldron, that further describe the growth of this phenomenon.

An interesting book and Raymond gives his audience an idea of how Open Source really got started, the amazing amount of creative minds in the "hacker culture," and his thoughts on what the future holds for it.

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Great, just great. Well-written, instructive, inspiring, illuminating. Period. So don't read any reviews anymore, just read this book!

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This book is a great read. Fascinating ideas. Eric has a talent for mapping the software wilderness and points the way to our future.

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