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An Introduction to Open Source

An Introduction to Open Source

LB open source

By R&D team
70 pages – PDF – 3Mo

There is a lot of talk about free software and open source, but when you dig a little, it seems that there are a lot of people, even among IT professionals, who have quite a superficial knowledge of the phenomenon.

On the one side, there are committed enthusiasts who thoroughly enjoy the community approach but do not always know the economic aspects and on the other, decision-makers from the business world who are increasingly sensitive to the benefits of open source solutions but know little of the philosophy and history or even issues concerning licences

This white paper is an introduction to the open source phenomenon, the biggest revolution affecting IT since the Internet. As we will see, the movement started before the web but the powerful upheaval of IT economics has only been felt over the past few years and is just starting.

The aim of this paper is to popularise, especially in trying to explain open source to those who are not involved in it, but are starting to sense its importance and need to understand the phenomenon better.

This white paper is distributed under “Paternity-No modification” 2.01 Creative Commons licence. It can be freely re-distributed.

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This white paper is an introduction to the open source phenomenon, the biggest revolution affecting IT since the Internet. As we will see, the movement started before the web but the powerful upheaval of IT economics has only been felt over the past few years and is just starting.

  1. PREAMBLE
    1. SMILE
    2. THIS WHITE PAPER
  2. INTRODUCTION
    1. TERMINOLOGY
    2. OPEN SOURCE PHILOSOPHY
    3. FREE BEER ?!
    4. THE BENEFITS OF OPEN SOURCE FOR THE CLIENT
  3. THE OPEN SOURCE MARKET
    1. A FEW STUDIES
    2. A POWERFUL WAVE
    3. AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
  4. HISTORY AND FAMOUS FIGURES
    1. HACKERS
    2. RICHARD M. STALLMAN AND THE FSF
    3. LINUS TORVALDS
    4. [ERIC S. RAYMOND AND THE OSI
    5. THE SIGNIFICANT DATES FOR OPEN SOURCE
  5. COPYRIGHT AND LICENCES
    1. ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES
    2. THE BSD FAMILY
    3. THE GNU GPL LICENCE
    4. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND PATENTS
  6. SUPPORT
    1. OPEN SOURCE AND SUPPORT
    2. COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND SUPPORT BY PUBLISHERS
    3. 3 SUPPORT LEVELS
    4. SOFTWARE LAYERS
  7. BUSINESS MODELS
    1. PRINCIPLES
    2. THE FOUNDATIONS
    3. THE DISTRIBUTORS
    4. THE OPEN SOURCE PUBLISHERS
    5. THE SERVICE PROVIDERS
    6. SUMMARY
  8. DEVELOPMENT MODEL
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. ORGANISATION, INSTANCES
    3. DEVELOPMENT MODEL
    4. THE TOOLS
  9. CONCLUSION

« There is a lot of talk about free software and open source, but when you dig a little, it seems that there are a lot of people, even among IT professionals, who have quite a superficial knowledge of the phenomenon. 

On the one side, there are committed enthusiasts who thoroughly enjoy the community approach but do not always know the economic aspects and on the other, decision-makers from the business world who are increasingly sensitive to the benefits of open source solutions but know little of the philosophy and history or even issues concerning licences. »

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