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Innovation Happens Elsewhere

Open Source as Business Strategy

Ron Goldman

Richard P. Gabriel


This is an online version of our open source book based on the version published by Morgan Kaufmann in April 2005. We post it online in the hopes that people will find it useful. Feel free to link to it.

This book is intended for anyone considering using Open Source. It describes what open source is, discusses business reasons for using open source, and describes how an open source project works in a day-to-day manner. It will help you decide on whether open source is right for your project, and, if so, what steps you should take to proceed and some mistakes you should avoid.


© 2005 by Ron Goldman & Richard P. Gabriel.
A version of this work has been published by Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.
This online version is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
Some rights reserved.


Front Matter

1. Introduction

2. Innovation Happens Elsewhere

3. What Is Open Source?

4. Why Consider Open Source?

5. Licenses

6. How To Do Open-Source Development

7. Going with Open Source

8. How To Build Momentum

9. What To Avoid--Known Problems and Failures

10. Closing Thoughts

Appendix A: Resources

Appendix B: Licenses

Appendix C: Contributor Agreements

Appendix D: Codename Spinnaker



Innovation Happens Elsewhere
Ron Goldman & Richard P. Gabriel
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