Articles & Books

On this page you will find serveral references to articles and books written. or contributed to, by current and former OSI Board Directors on a variety of topics related to open source software, development, and communities. These resources can provide those just discovering open source software, a starting point for exploring the origins, practices, and emerging trends that have helped to create on of the most transformative technology movements in history. For those already versed in open source software, these resources should be able to extend your knowledge, offering insights and perspectives from some of the most influential practictioners, innnovators, and leaders in, not only open source software, but the technologies that are now ubiquitous across all industries.

1998: "The Cathedral and the Bazaar," by Eric S. Raymond

1999: "Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution," edited by Chris DiBona, with Brian Behlendorf, Bruce Perens, Eric S. Raymond, and Michael Tiemann.

2000: "Open Sources 2.0 : the continuing evolution," edited by Danese Copper and Chris DiBona, with Matthew N. Asay, Ian Murdock, Russ Nelson, Alolita Sharma, and Bruno Souza.

2005 (revised 2017): "Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project," by Karl Fogel.

2018: "Forge Your Future with Open Source," by VM (Vicky) Brasseur.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the publications included here are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the official policies, positions, views or opinions of the OSI, its current or former Board Directors, or its members. In addition, the individuals listed here are included based solely on their current or previous affiliation with the OSI as a Board Director, and such listing should not be considered an endorsement of any kind.


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