5 open source and free software books that are worth your time

Aside from the book Open Source Licensing and Intellectual Property, there are other freely available books that will enrich your knowledge and understanding of the concept of  Free Software and Open Source. The following are 5 of such books that are worth your time.
As the name suggests, you probably do not have time to read through a 500 page book so as to understand FOSS, right? Then this is your book. According to the author, this book is focused on cost-effective uses of computers. I assume that you are not a computer professional – but if you have used email or the web in the past, then you know enough to make use of Free Software. This book will show you how.” Worth your time.
The author of this book aims at showing us how the advent of the computer and the Internet have given rise to the expansion of the academic/scholarly notions of sharing, and how this in turn has brought us free and open software, which will bring about a major change in the way we do business.
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.
What is the status of the Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) revolution? Has the creation of software that can be freely used, modified, and redistributed transformed industry and society, as some predicted, or is this transformation still a work in progress? Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software brings together leading analysts and researchers to address this question, examining specific aspects of F/OSS in a way that is both scientifically rigorous and highly relevant to real-life managerial and technical concerns.
It is common to argue that intellectual property in the form of copyright and patent is necessary for the innovation and creation of ideas and inventions such as machines, drugs, computer software, books, music, literature and movies. In fact intellectual property is a government grant of a costly and dangerous private monopoly over ideas. We show through theory and example that intellectual monopoly is not necessary for innovation and as a practical matter is damaging to growth, prosperity and liberty.

EDIT– Please note that because of the Apture plugin I’m using on this blog, you’d have to right-click and choose save as to download the direct PDF linked books. 

6 Replies to “5 open source and free software books that are worth your time”

  1. Here is the excat info..sorry the advisory was provided by google and not firefox

    Advisory provided by Google
    Safe Browsing
    Diagnostic page for freedomsoftware.info

    What is the current listing status for freedomsoftware.info?

    Site is listed as suspicious – visiting this web site may harm your computer.

    Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 4 time(s) over the past 90 days.

    What happened when Google visited this site?

    Of the 23 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 11 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2010-03-05, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2010-03-04.

    Malicious software is hosted on 7 domain(s), including davtraff.com/, fuadrenal.com/, reycross.com/.

    1 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries for distributing malware to visitors of this site, including davtraff.com/.

    This site was hosted on 1 network(s) including AS21844 (THEPLANET).

    Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?

    Over the past 90 days, freedomsoftware.info did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.

    Has this site hosted malware?

    No, this site has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days.

    How did this happen?

    In some cases, third parties can add malicious code to legitimate sites, which would cause us to show the warning message.

    Next steps:

    * Return to the previous page.
    * If you are the owner of this web site, you can request a review of your site using Google Webmaster Tools. More information about the review process is available in Google's Webmaster Help Center.

    Updated 9 hours ago

    ©2008 Google – Google Home

  2. Yes I noticed that but instead of clicking the link directly, I just right-clicked and saved the book.

    As why the site is blacklisted on all the browsers, I cannot tell. But what I know is that right clicking and saving gives you the book

  3. I guess the owners of the book indulged in some not so nice things that caused Google to black list them. But there is a book that can be downloaded by right clicking

  4. …freedomsoftware.info is flagged by google because the site was hacked and bad scripts are inserted into the website.

    the owner of the site should fix his website and the author of this article should stop link to that page until the site is cleaned.

  5. My problem with a lot of open source literature is that it is written buy people who buy into the philosophy and ideas, but don't really understand the technology…

    Although a bit outdated by now I strongly recommend "Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution". It contains a set of shorter articles written by people such as Eric S. Raymond, Richard Stallman, Michael Tiemann, Linus Torvalds, Brian Behlendorf, etc. that is; the people who made open source what it is!

    Of course it is freely available at http://oreilly.com/catalog/opensources/book/toc.html.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *