A friend asked me recently what should be the 3 things he should read
to start getting acquainted with everything (sic) happening in the realm of Open
Source. That got me thinking … Everything? Better start with the basics then
but the real challenge was to limit myself to 3 references only! And ahem yes, it all started with Free software so better give to Caesar what's Caesar's and to God what's God's. (For the lazy ones, a video that sums it up all)
- A classic comparison of commercial and FOSS and much more by the provocative and controversial Eric S. Raymond: The Cathedral and The Bazaar
- An extraordinary series of 3 articles from Lajos Moczar. Icing on the cake, it’s extremely well written and full of useful references. The Open Source Monopoly, The Economics of Commercial Open Source and Openstructure: A Call for Open Source Reform. This last one being of special interest to us since it discusses many milkingTheGNU issues.
- I’m also throwing in a more recent article from David A. Wheeler entitled Why OSF, look at the number! It’s full of insightful references and if you’re able to read it start to end (i.e. if you’re a bit on the nerdy side), you will be able to read anything on FOSS from now on.
Also useful, this little Open Source search engine, courtesy of Google.