Category: Open Source

Open Advice

Open Advice
  • Author: Editor Lydia Pintscher and 42 prominent contributors to Open Source projects
  • Format: PDF
  • Price: free

Free Software projects are changing the software landscape in impressive ways with dedicated users and innovative management. Each person contributes something to the movement in their own way and to their abilities and knowledge. This personal commitment and the power of collaboration over the internet is what makes Free Software great and what brought the authors of this book together.

This book is the answer to “What would you have liked to know when you started contributing?”. The authors give insights into the many different talents it takes to make a successful software project, coding of course but also design, translation, marketing and other skills. We are here to give you a head start if you are new. And if you have been contributing for a while already, we are here to give you some insight into other areas and projects.

Chapters include:

  • Ideas and Innovation
  • Code First
  • Everyone Else Might Be Wrong, But Probably Not
  • Out of the Lab, into the Wild
  • Prepare for the Future: Evolution of Teams in FLOSS
  • You’ll Eventually Know Everything They’ve Forgotten
  • University and Community
  • Being Allowed to Do Awesome
  • Love the Unknown
  • Backups to Maintain Sanity
  • The Art of Problem Solving
  • Cross-Project Collaboration
  • Writing Patches
  • Given Enough Eyeballs, Not All Bugs are Shallow
  • Kick, Push
  • Test-Driven Enlightenment
  • Life-Changer Documentation for Novices
  • Good Manners Matter
  • Documentation and My Former Self
  • Stop Worrying and Love the Crowd
  • My Project Taught Me how to Grow Up
  • Learn from Your Users
  • Software that Has the Quality Without A Name
  • Don’t Be Shy
  • Use of Color and Images in Design Practices
  • How Not to Start a Community
  • Hindsight is Almost 20/20
  • Things I’m Happy I Didn’t Know
  • From Beginner to Professional
  • Packaging – Providing a Great Route into Free Software
  • Where Upstream and Downstream Meet
  • Finding Your Feet in a Free Software Promotion Team
  • Big Plans Don’t Work
  • Who are You, What are You Selling, and Why Should I Care?
  • People are Everything
  • Getting People Together
  • We’re Not Crazy . . . We’re Conference Organizers!
  • How to Ask for Money
  • Free Software in Public Administrations
  • Underestimating the Value of a Free Software Business Model
  • Free and Open Source-Based Business Models
  • On being a Lawyer in FOSS
  • Building Bridges

Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing

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  • Author: Andrew M. St. Laurent
  • Format: PDF
  • Price: free

Licensing is a major part of what open source and free software are all about, but it’s still one of the most complicated areas of law. Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing explains your licensing options, how they compare and interoperate, and how license choices affect project possibilities.

If you’re an open source/free software developer, this book is an absolute necessity.

Chapters include:

  • Open Source Licensing, Contract, and Copyright Law
  • The MIT, BSD, Apache, and Academic Free Licenses
  • The GPL, LGPL, and Mozilla Licenses
  • Qt, Artistic, and Creative Commons Licenses
  • Non-Open Source Licenses
  • Legal Impacts of Open Source and Free Software Licensing
  • Software Development Using Open Source and Free Software Licenses

Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution – First Edition

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  • Author: various authors
  • Format: online HTML
  • Price: free

In Open Sources, leaders of Open Source come together in print for the first time to discuss the new vision of the software industry they have created, through essays that explain how the movement works, why it succeeds, and where it is going. A powerful vision from the movement’s spiritual leaders, this book reveals the mysteries of how open development builds better software and how businesses can leverage freely available software for a competitive business advantage.

Chapters include:

  • A Brief History of Hackerdom – Eric S. Raymond
  • Twenty Years of Berkeley Unix: From AT&T-Owned to Freely Redistributable – Marshall Kirk McKusick
  • The Internet Engineering Task Force – Scott Bradner
  • The GNU Operating System and the Free Software Movement – Richard Stallman
  • Future of Cygnus Solutions: An Entrepreneur’s Account – Michael Tiemann
  • Software Engineering – Paul Vixie
  • The Linux Edge – Linus Torvalds
  • Giving It Away: How Red Hat Software Stumbled Across a New Economic Model and Helped Improve an Industry – Robert Young
  • Diligence, Patience, and Humility – Larry Wall
  • Open Source as a Business Strategy – Brian Behlendorf
  • The Open Source Definition – Bruce Perens
  • Hardware, Software, and Infoware – Tim O’Reilly
  • Freeing the Source: The Story of Mozilla – Jim Hamerly and Tom Paquin with Susan Walton
  • The Revenge of the Hackers – Eric S. Raymond

Firefox Add-ons Developer Guide

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  • Author: Hideyuki Emura, Hiroshi “Piro” Shimoda, Taiga Gomibuchi, Taro Matsuzawa, Yutaka Kachi
  • Format: online HTML wiki-book
  • Price: free

This guide is based on an earlier tutorial written and printed for an Add-ons conference organized in Japan, back in June 2007. It has been updated for the Firefox 3.5 release.

The document will guide and assist add-ons developers eager to develop their own Firefox add-ons. It is targeted to all types of users, from the experienced developer who needs a little push in the right direction, to the beginner looking to get his hands dirty, but not sure where to begin.

It is an ongoing wiki-book work in progress and subject to change, as needed and revised.

Chapters include:

  • Introduction to extensions
  • Technologies used in developing extensions
  • Introduction to XUL: How to build a more intuitive UI
  • Using XPCOM: Implementing advanced processes
  • Let’s build a Firefox extension
  • Firefox extensions and XUL applications
  • Appendix: What you should know about open-source software licenses

Embedded Software Development with eCos

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  • Author: Anthony J. Massa
  • Format: PDF
  • Price: free

Build low-cost, royalty-free embedded solutions with eCos, step by step.

The Embedded Configurable Operating System (eCos) gives professionals a low-cost, royalty-free embedded software development solution that works in highly constrained hardware environments, while scaling smoothly to larger products.

In this start-to-finish guide to eCos solution building, Anthony Massa covers eCos architecture, installation, configuration, coding, deployment, and the entire eCos open source development system. Additional open source tools are included to configure a complete embedded software development environment.

Massa’s code examples and application case study illuminate techniques for building virtually any embedded system, from the simplest device to complex Internet-enabled wireless systems.

Chapters include:

  • An Introduction to the eCos World
  • The Hardware Abstraction Layer
  • Exceptions and Interrupts
  • Virtual Vectors
  • The Kernel
  • Threads and Synchronization Mechanisms
  • Other eCos Architecture Components
  • Additional Functionality and Third-Party Contributions
  • The RedBoot ROM Monitor
  • The Host Development Platform
  • The eCos Toolset
  • An Example Application Using eCos
  • Porting eCos
  • Supported Processors and Evaluation Platforms
  • eCos License
  • Cygwin Tools Upgrade Procedure
  • Building the GNU Cross-Development Tools
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