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Open Source Software and Documents: A Literature and OnlineResource Review
John G. DrummondApril 5, 2000
Open source software (OSS) and open source documents (OSD) are arising star in technology today. The term "open source" was coinedmerely two years ago (1998)
, and is now a media buzzword (Raymond,205). With its rapidly growing market share and corporate and publicinterest to match, open source as a concept will not stay a fringe phenomenon for long; in fact, it is rapidly entering the mainstream. Thisliterature and online resource review is a starting point for anyoneinterested in the subject.
The Open Source Revolution
Since open source is relatively novel (as far as the mainstream,non-hacker
culture is concerned) and largely exists online, there areonly two printed works on the subject-and most of the material in thesetwo books is also freely available online. One of the things that make theopen source movement so unusual is that as it has developed over thelast twenty years or so, it has done little self-documenting. This is onereason thatEric S. Raymond, self-appointed chief advocate for opensource, wrote his now-famous essay"The Cathedral and the Bazaar."ESR (as the hacker community refers to Mr. Raymond) wrote "Cathedraland Bazaar" largely to ameliorate this condition of non-documentation.Fascinated by the rapid development and growing sophistication of theLinux
operating system, ESR began studying the open sourcedevelopment model (Raymond, 198). Why was Linux so mature, whentheFree Software Foundationhad been trying to develop asimilar
operating systemfor years without success? He found that while thecorporate, mainstream, closed-source method (the "cathedral" model) of coding large programs like operating systems is bound byBrooke's Law,the open source development process (the "bazaar" model) actually
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