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How Open Source Ate Software

Understand the Open Source Movement and So Much More


  • Demonstrates how open source has proven to be such a good model for developing software and why that makes it valuable

  • How open source principles apply beyond software to other aspects of how communities communicate and businesses interact and organize

  • Understand the effects of open source and its widespread influence over many aspects of technology businesses and beyond


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Gordon Haff
    Pages 25-47
  3. Gordon Haff
    Pages 49-79
  4. Gordon Haff
    Pages 81-104
  5. Gordon Haff
    Pages 105-130
  6. Gordon Haff
    Pages 131-149
  7. Gordon Haff
    Pages 151-173
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 175-180

About this book


Learn how free software became open source and how you can sell open source software. This book provides a historical context of how open source has thoroughly transformed how we write software, how we cooperate, how we communicate, how we organize, and, ultimately, how we think about business values.

You’ll look at project and community examples including Linux, BSD, Apache, and Kubernetes, understand the open source development model, and how open source has influenced approaches more broadly, even proprietary software, such as open betas. You'll also examine the flipside, the "Second Machine Age," and the challenges of open source-based business models.

Today, open source serves as shorthand for much broader trends and behaviors. It’s not just about a free (in all senses of the word) alternative to commercial software. It increasingly is the new commercial software. How Open Source Ate Software reveals how open source has much in common, and is often closely allied, with many other trends in business and society. You'll see how it enables projects that go beyond any individual company. That makes open source not just a story about software, but a story about almost everything.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.LancasterUSA

About the authors

Gordon Haff is Red Hat technology evangelist, is a frequent and highly acclaimed speaker at customer and industry events, and helps develop strategy across Red Hat’s full portfolio of cloud solutions. He is the co-author of Pots and Vats to Computers and Apps: How Software Learned to Package Itself in addition to numerous other publications. Prior to Red Hat, Gordon wrote hundreds of research notes, was frequently quoted in publications like The New York Times on a wide range of IT topics, and advised clients on product and marketing strategies. Earlier in his career, he was responsible for bringing a wide range of computer systems, from minicomputers to large UNIX servers, to market while at Data General. Gordon has engineering degrees from MIT and Dartmouth and an MBA from Cornell’s Johnson School. Follow him on Twitter @ghaff. 

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